Folds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Folds first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the region beside an enclosed pen for animals. In particular the surname Folds can be in Bolton in the county of Lancashire. The surname Folds may also be an occupational name for someone who looked after sheep.

Early Origins of the Folds family

The surname Folds was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Folds family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Folds research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Folds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Folds Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Folds has appeared include Foulds, Faulds, Fowlds, Foulls, Faulls, Fowldes and many more.

Early Notables of the Folds family (pre 1700)

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


United States Folds migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Folds arrived in North America very early:

Folds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F M Folds, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Folds (post 1700) +

  • Benjamin Scott Folds (b. 1966), American singer-songwriter and record producer, founder of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five


  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)


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