Show ContentsWalde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Walde family are found in the German state of Bavaria. The Walde surname, was a local name, for someone who lived in or near the woods.

Early Origins of the Walde family

The surname Walde was first found in the Franconian-Bavarian border, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Indeed, this family is known to be one of the oldest noble families in all of Germany, as well as one of the largest landowners. They originate from their ancestral castle named Waldau which lies in northern Bavaria on the border to Franconia. Because of this proximity to Franconia, family members were listed in both Bavarian and Franconian chronicles of chivalry. Besides the castle Waldau, the family owned the castles Pleystein (Bleistein) and Waldthurn in Bavaria. In the 10th century the family extended into the Lausitz (Lusatia) after the Serbs of this region were conquered by Kaiser Heinrich I. They built the castle Waldau in the Upper-Lausitz three miles from Goerlitz. Without a doubt, the most famous of the family in early times was Peter Waldo, Valdo, Valdes, or Waldes (c. 1140 - c. 1205), the founder of the Waldensians, an early Christian spiritual movement of the Middle Ages.

Early History of the Walde family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walde research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1413, 1700, 1714, 1735, 1742, 1754 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Walde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Walde Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Walde include Waldau, Waldauer, Waldov, Waldauw, Waldowe, Waldow, Waldo (English), Waldaw, Walde, Zumwalt, Zumwald, Zumwalde and many more.

Early Notables of the Walde family

Prominent among members of the name Walde in this period include

  • Johann-Maltese knightly order, mention should be made of Bastian von Waldau (d.1700) from Koenigswalde, commander of the order at Lietzen, Adolph Friedrich von Waldau (d.1754), Privy Councillor at Koe...

United States Walde migration to the United States +

German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Walde surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Walde Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Iver R Walde, aged 35, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836 [1]
  • Jacob Walde, aged 11, who landed in New York, NY in 1837 [1]
  • Inger Reier Datter Walde, aged 26, who landed in New York, NY in 1837 [1]
  • Merthe Thordatter Walde, aged 29, who landed in New York, NY in 1837 [1]
  • Osmund Danielsen Walde, aged 39, who arrived in New York, NY in 1837 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Walde (post 1700) +

  • C. F. Walde, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1916 [2]

  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. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook