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Where did the Scottish Auld family come from? What is the Scottish Auld family crest and coat of arms? When did the Auld family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Auld family history?Auld was first used as a surname in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde-Briton. The first Auld family lived at Auld in Ayrshire.
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Auld has been spelled Auld, Alda, Alde, Ald, Aulde, MacAuld and others.
First found in Ayrshire, where the surname was recorded as Ealda in an Old English charter of 765. The family continued to prosper in this area for centuries and by 1284, John Alde was listed as servitor of the Earl of Carrick. By 1302 they had also acquired estates in Perthshire. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Auld research. Another 242 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1477, 1488, 1494, 1501, 1532, 1542, and 1635 are included under the topic Early Auld History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Auld Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Auld family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 264 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:
Auld Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Auld Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Auld Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Auld Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtute et constantia
Motto Translation: By courage and perseverance.
The Auld Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Auld Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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