Old Name Meaning

English: from Middle English old, not necessarily implying old age, but rather used to distinguish an older from a younger bearer of the same personal name. North German form of Alt, like the English name a distinguishing name for the older of two bearers of a personal name. Americanized form of German Alt.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Old Family Origin

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Old Family Occupations

What did your Old ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Old family was Farmer. The most common Old occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Old's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farm Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Old.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farm Labourer

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Old ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Old Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Old Life Expectancy

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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