Wald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Wald surname comes from a Scandinavian personal name, which came from the Old Norse "Valþiófr," composed of the elements "val" meaning "battle," and "þiofr," or "thief."

Early Origins of the Wald family

The surname Wald was first found in Roxburghshire where they had been Lords of the manor of Waldeve, near Kelso, from ancient times. [1]

"This family, long settled near Kelso, co. Roxburgh, have at different times written themselves Waitho, Watho, Waltho, and Waldie. " [2]

However another source notes that the family could have originated further south in England: "As Waltho or Waldie the name crept northwards into Roxburghshire, and there the surname has flourished for centuries." [3]

Early History of the Wald family

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Wald Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Waldie, Waddy, Waddie, Waldy, Waitho, Waltho and others.

Early Notables of the Wald family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Wald family to Ireland

Some of the Wald family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Wald migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wald Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Wald, who arrived in Maryland in 1670 [4]
  • Elizabeth Wald, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [4]
  • Ja Wald, who arrived in Virginia in 1697 [4]
Wald Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Oswald Wald, aged 41, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 [4]
  • Conrath Wald, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [4]
  • Henry Wald, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [4]
Wald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Barbara Wald, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1848 [4]
  • E Wald, aged 38, who landed in New York, NY in 1851 [4]
  • H Wald, aged 43, who landed in New York, NY in 1851 [4]
  • Peter Wald, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1864 [4]
Wald Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Fred, Wald Sr., who arrived in Arkansas in 1906 [4]

Australia Wald migration to Australia +

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

Wald Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Wald, aged 34, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money" [5]
  • David Wald, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money" [5]
  • Margaret Wald, aged 34, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money" [5]
  • Allen Wald, aged 34, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 [5]
  • Robin Wald, aged 22, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Wald (post 1700) +

  • Patricia McGowan Wald (b. 1928), American jurist, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1986-1991), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Robert Wald (b. 1947), American physicist
  • Lillian Wald (1867-1940), American nurse and social worker
  • Jerry Wald (1911-1962), American film producer and screenwriter
  • George Wald (1906-1997), American biologist and Nobel Laureate
  • Florence Wald (1917-2008), American nurse, former Dean of Yale School of Nursing
  • General Charles "Chuck" F. Wald, former Deputy Commander of United States European Command
  • Carol Wald (1935-2000), American artist
  • Samuel Wald, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1924, 1928 [6]
  • Nat Wald, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 16th District, 1940; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1940 [6]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Hans Wald (1912-1941), German Matrosengefreiter Res. who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [7]


The Wald 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: Fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful.


  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)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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