Fold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rugged west coast of Scotland in the kingdom of Dalriada is the setting from which came the Fold name. The name derives from someone having lived in the shires of Ayr, Renfrew, Lanark, and Perth, (now part of the Strathclyde region), and there were also lands of East and West Faulds in the lordship of Dudop or Dudhope near Dundee. [1]

The surname Faulds is also derived from the Old English word falod, or fold, which indicates that the original bearer of this surname lived by or near an enclosure where cattle were kept. Faulds was also an occupational name for one who worked at the sheep-fold, or for a person who was a shepherd. There is also a place-name Folds in an ancient parish in Bolton, county Lancashire, England.

Early Origins of the Fold family

The surname Fold 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 they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the Fold family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fold research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1438, 1536 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Fold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fold Spelling Variations

In various documents Fold has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Faulds, Fawls, Fauldis, Fauls and others.

Early Notables of the Fold family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Fold Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Fold family to Ireland

Some of the Fold family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Fold family

Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Folds to arrive in North America: Joseph Faulds purchased land in Georgia in 1735. Alexander joined other transplanted Scotsmen in Philadelphia in 1834. Over the next fifty years the Faulds family surname was included among those who made the long trek to San Francisco..


  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)
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