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Old Surname Meaning

English: variant of Olds from Middle English old(e) ‘old’ (Old English eald) used not always to imply old age but also to distinguish the older of two bearers of the same personal name. German: northern variant of Alt like the English name a distinguishing name for the older of two bearers of the same name. Americanized form of German Alt .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Gold, Bold, Eld, Ord, Olp, Wold, Nold, Wolf, Olm, Hold

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Where is the Old family from?

You can see how Old families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Old family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Old families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 259 Old families living in Cornwall. This was about 20% of all the recorded Old's in United Kingdom. Cornwall had the highest population of Old families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Old surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Old ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Old. 12% of Old men worked as a Farmer and 70% of Old women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Old were Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Farmer
    12%
  • General Labourer
    8%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Bricklayer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    70%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Housekeeper
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
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Census Records

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Old. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Old census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Old. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 85,000 military records available for the last name Old. For the veterans among your Old ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Old lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Old life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Old in 1943 was 42, and 90 in 2004.

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