Old History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Old family

The surname Old was first found in Northampton where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Old family

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Old Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Old, Olds, Oldes, Olde and others.

Early Notables of the Old family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Old family to Ireland

Some of the Old 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.


United States Old migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Old Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Old, who arrived in Virginia in 1606
  • Susan Old, aged 10, who arrived in Virginia in 1616 [1]
  • Buck Old, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • Peter and Susan Old, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
Old Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Old who settled in Maryland in 1774
Old Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Reierson Old, who landed in Texas in 1846 [1]

Canada Old migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Old Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Old, who arrived in Halifax Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Nicholas Old U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
Old Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Old, who landed in Canada in 1815
  • William Old, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Agnew Old, aged 37, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • William Old, aged 10, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • James Old, aged 9, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Old migration to Australia +

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

Old Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Old, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Lewis Old, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [4]
  • Charles Old, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1851 [5]
  • Thomas Old, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • William Henry Old, aged 20, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies" [6]

New Zealand Old migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Old Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Old, (b. 1853), aged 22, Cornish farm labourer departing on 4th December 1875 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 16th February 1876 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Old (post 1700) +

  • Hughes Oliphant Old (1933-2016), American theologian and academic
  • Brigadier-General William Donald Old (1901-1965), American Commanding General Sheppard Air Force Base (1953-1954) [8]
  • Lieutenant-General Archie J. Jr. Old (1906-1984), American Commanding General 15th Air Force (1955-1965) [9]
  • Robin Old (1922-2007), American fighter pilot and general officer in the U.S. Air Force
  • W. W. Old, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1924 [10]
  • Jay Old, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 14th District, 2012 [10]
  • Chris Old (b. 1948), English cricketer
  • Steven David Old (b. 1986), New Zealand football defender
  • Earl Old Person (b. 1929), also named Cold Wind or Charging Home, an American Indian political leader and the chief of the Blackfoot tribe in Montana


  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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1860. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ramillies1860.shtml.
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) William Old. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Old/William_Donald/USA.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Archie Old. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Old/Archie_J._Jr./USA.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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