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Bald Name Meaning

German: from the ancient Germanic personal name Baldo or a short form of various compound names such as Baldwin formed with the first element bald ‘bold strong’. Scottish and English: from the Norman personal name Bald(e) Baud(e) occasionally Bold a short form of the common ancient Germanic personal names Baldwin or Baldric or possibly a survival of Old English Beald (compare Balding ); the relevant element in each of these is b(e)ald ‘brave’. As a hereditary surname it seems to have died out in England but survives in Scotland. English and Scottish: nickname for a bald man from Middle English ballede ‘ball-shaped’ (perhaps ‘corpulent’) from bal(le) ‘ball’ (Old English ball or Old Norse bǫllr).

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

Similar surnames: Ball, Bold, Baldy, Bal, Baldo, Balk, Bard, Beld, Band, Wald

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Where is the Bald family from?

You can see how Bald families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bald family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bald families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1840 there were 2 Bald families living in Georgia. This was about 25% of all the recorded Bald's in USA. Georgia had the highest population of Bald families in 1840.
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What did your Bald ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bald. 14% of Bald men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Bald women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bald were Truck Driver and Saleslady. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Housework
  • Housekeeper
  • Saleslady
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There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Bald. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bald 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Bald. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Bald. For the veterans among your Bald ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bald lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Bald life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Bald in 1960 was 30, and 59 in 2004.

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