Wold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Wold 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 Wold family
The surname Wold was first found in Roxburghshire where they had been Lords of the manor of Waldeve, near Kelso, from ancient times. 
"This family, long settled near Kelso, co. Roxburgh, have at different times written themselves Waitho, Watho, Waltho, and Waldie. " 
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." 
Early History of the Wold family
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Wold Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Waldie, Waddy, Waddie, Waldy, Waitho, Waltho and others.
Early Notables of the Wold family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wold family to Ireland
Some of the Wold 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.
Wold migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wold Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Agnes M. Wold, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1893
Wold Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Andreas Wold, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
- Arthur Wold, aged 2, who immigrated to America, in 1922
- Andrew William Wold, aged 32, who landed in America from Jarrow on Tyne, England, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Wold (post 1700) +
- John Schiller Wold (b. 1916), American Republican politician, Member of Wyoming State Legislature; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Wyoming, 1964, 1970; U.S. Representative from Wyoming at-large, 1969-71
- John L. Wold, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 61st District, 1907-08; Member of Minnesota State Senate 64th District, 1919-22
- Carl A. Wold, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 47th District, 1915-16
- Nels T. Wold (1895-1918), American soldier, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War I
- Erling Wold (b. 1958), American composer of opera and contemporary classical music
- Susse Wold (b. 1938), Danish stage and screen actress
- Terje Wold (1899-1972), Norwegian judge and politician for the Labour Party
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The Wold 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 Translation: Faithful.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)