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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.


The surname Auld 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. [1]

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.


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 United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Auld of Kilbride who was banished to North America in 1679. He was sold as a slave in North Carolina for five years

Auld Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Auld, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1756

Auld Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm Auld, who landed in America in 1805
  • Margaret Auld, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Mary Auld, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Mury Auld, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Alexander Auld, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1834

Auld Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Auld, who landed in Colorado in 1904

Auld Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Kilpatrick Auld arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839
  • Eliza Auld, aged 37, a milliner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Marian Auld, aged 23, a dairy maid, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"

Auld Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Agnes Auld, aged 25, a domestic servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • James Auld, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875


  • Georgie Auld (1919-1990), Canadian-born, American jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist and bandleader
  • Douglas "Doug" Auld (b. 1962), American editor and publisher of Sprint Car & Midget Magazine
  • Andy Auld (1900-1977), Scottish-born, American soccer player
  • Joseph C. Auld, American politician, Member of Montana State Senate from Dawson County, 1897-98
  • J. Henry Auld, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 1st District, 1960
  • Eric Auld FRSA (1931-2013), Scottish landscape painter
  • Robert "Bertie" Auld (b. 1938), Scottish former football player and manager, member of the Scottish League XI National Team (1958-1965) and Scotland Team in 1959
  • Andrew Auld (1799-1873), Scottish ship's carpenter and wheelwright, best friend of Captain Alexander Adams on his voyage to Hawaii; both men stayed and Auld's son married Adams' daughter
  • Robert "Bertie" Auld (b. 1938), Scottish football player and manager
  • William Auld (1924-2006), Scottish author and the deputy director of a grammar school



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.


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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  10. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
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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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