Gauld History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Gauld was first found in Britina. It was a name for a person with a fancied resemblance to the wild boar. The name derives fom the Old Norse word goltr, which means boar. The boar, a hairy tusked animal similar to a pig, was once quite populous in England, but now remains only on continental Europe. Hunting boar was a favorite sport during the Middle Ages, and the sport contributed to its extinction in the British Isles.

Early Origins of the Gauld family

The surname Gauld was first found in Perthshire where they held a family seat from very early times. Gall was the name given to strangers, as in the Lowland Galt, but the name probably came from France. Conjecturally they moved north to Scotland with King David of Scotland.

Early History of the Gauld family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gauld research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1367, 1397, 1399, 1450, 1469, 1499, 1513, 1525, 1533, 1547, 1613, 1640, 1737, 1779, and 1839 are included under the topic Early Gauld History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gauld Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Gauld are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gauld include Gall, Gauld, Gault, Galt, Gaw, Gawe, Gauwe and others.

Early Notables of the Gauld family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Gauld family to Ireland

Some of the Gauld family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Gauld migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gauld Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Gauld, Scottish convict from Inverness, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gauld (post 1700) +

  • Carlton Gauld (1931-1960), American operatic bass
  • George Gauld (1731-1782), British military engineer, artist, cartographer, geographer and surveyor
  • Lieutenant George William Gladstone Gauld (d. 1964), Canadian World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories
  • Tom Gauld (b. 1976), Scottish cartoonist and illustrator, known for his cartoons for The Guardian newspaper
  • Ryan "Tokley" Gauld (b. 1995), Scottish association footballer
  • William Wallace Gauld, Under Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Scotland
  • James "Jimmy" Gauld (b. 1931), former Scottish footballer
  • Stuart Gauld (b. 1964), former Scottish footballer


The Gauld 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: Patentia Vincit
Motto Translation: Patience conquers.


  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851


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