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Origins Available: German, Scottish
The first people to use the name Alt were a family of Strathclyde- Britons who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived at Auld in Ayrshire.
The surname Alt was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North 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. 
Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Alt has appeared as Auld, Alda, Alde, Ald, Aulde, MacAuld and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alt 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 Alt History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Alt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Alt 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.
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:
Alt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Alt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Alt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Alt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Alt Settlers in Canada in the 18th 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 Alt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alt 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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