Olds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Olds family

The surname Olds 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 Olds family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olds research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 160 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Olds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Olds Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Olds family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Olds family to Ireland

Some of the Olds 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 Olds migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Olds Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Olds, who arrived in Connecticut in 1667 [1]

Canada Olds migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Olds Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Olds, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • James Olds, who landed in Canada in 1834

Australia Olds migration to Australia +

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

Olds Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Olds, (b. 1774), aged 33, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 3rd August 1807, sentenced for life, transported aboard the ship "Admiral Gambier" on 2nd July 1808 to New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. James Olds, (b. 1830), aged 24, Cornish blacksmith, from Marden, Kent, England, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lady Ann" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 29th September 1854 [3]
  • Mr. William G Olds, (b. 1859), aged 25, Cornish groom travelling aboard the ship "SS Cambodia" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 4th April 1884 [4]
  • Mrs. Ann Olds, (b. 1855), aged 29, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "SS Cambodia" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 4th April 1884 [4]
  • Mr. Abraham Olds, (b. 1865), aged 20, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "SS Florida" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 6th December 1885 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Olds 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:

Olds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Charles Olds, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Rebecca Olds, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Frederick J. Olds, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Mr. John Olds, (b. 1854), aged 20, Cornish farm Labourer departing on 28th July 1874 aboard the ship "Helen Denny" going to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 22nd October 1874 [5]
  • Mrs. Susan Olds, (b. 1852), aged 22, Cornish settler departing on 28th July 1874 aboard the ship "Helen Denny" going to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 22nd October 1874 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Olds (post 1700) +

  • William Henry "Bill" Olds (b. 1951), American former professional NFL football player
  • Walter Raymond Olds (1949-2009), American WHA ice hockey player and silver medalist at the 1972 Winter Olympics
  • George Daniel Olds (1853-1931), American academic, was the President of Amherst College (1924-1927)
  • Shelley Olds (b. 1980), American racing cyclist, winner of the Tour of New Zealand (2010)
  • Gabriel Emerson Olds (b. 1974), American actor and freelance writer
  • Robert Olds (1896-1943), American general officer in the United States Army Air Force, theorist of strategic air power, and proponent of an independent United States Air Force, father of Robin Olds
  • Ransom E. Olds (1864-1950), American pioneer of the automobile industry who claimed to have built his first steam car as early as 1894, the modern assembly line, eponym of the Oldsmobile
  • Sharon Olds (b. 1942), American poet, recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award
  • James Olds (1922-1976), American psychologist and neuroscientist who co-discovered the pleasure center of the brain
  • Frank Ellsworth Olds (1861-1928), founder of American brass musical instrument manufacturing company
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Olds +

  • 4059 Letters to Sarah Ann Olds by Mary Chalfant Ormsbee.

  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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