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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 (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]


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


  • Andy Auld (1900-1977), Scottish-born, American soccer player
  • Douglas "Doug" Auld (b. 1962), American editor and publisher of Sprint Car & Midget Magazine
  • Georgie Auld (1919-1990), Canadian-born, American jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist and bandleader
  • William Auld (1924-2006), Scottish author and the deputy director of a grammar school
  • Robert "Bertie" Auld (b. 1938), Scottish football player and manager
  • James Alexander Auld, Canadian politician, a Minister in the Ontario Government
  • Alexander Auld (b. 1981), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey goaltender
  • Francis Hedley Auld LL.D., OBE (1881-1961), Canadian agricultural scientist and Saskatchewan's Deputy Minister of Agriculture (1919 to 1946)
  • James Alexander Charles Auld (b. 1921), Canadian politician, Minister of the Environment 1972 to 1974
  • James Muir Auld (1879-1942), Australian artist



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. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  4. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  5. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  9. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  11. ...

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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