Bauld History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Bauld. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of East Prussia, which was located on the southern shore of the Baltic Sea and was bordered by Poland and Lithuania, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Bauld family.

Early Origins of the Bauld family

The surname Bauld was first found in Prussia, where the name Bauld emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Bauld family

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Bauld Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Bauld include Bauld, Bault, Baulte, Baulde, Baul, Baud, Baut, Bauldt and many more.

Early Notables of the Bauld family (pre 1700)

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United States Bauld migration to the United States +

Since medieval times, the state of Prussia has played an important part in the history of Germany. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bauld or a variant listed above:

Bauld Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Bauld who arrived in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • John Bauld, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bauld (post 1700) +

  • Alison Margaret Bauld (b. 1944), Australian writer and composer
  • Robert Bauld (1902-1980), Scottish professional footballer who played from 1920 to 1936
  • Henry George Bauld (1859-1948), Canadian merchant and politician from Halifax, Novas Scotia who represented Halifax County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1916 to 1925
  • Willie Bauld (1928-1977), Scottish footballer who played from 1946 to 1958, including for the Scotland National Team in 1950 and the Scottish League XI (1949-1958)

The Bauld Motto +

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: Pax in bello
Motto Translation: Peace in war.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook
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