Gold Family History

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Gold Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from modern German Gold, Yiddish gold ‘gold’. In North America it is often a reduced form of one of the many compound ornamental names of which Gold is the first element. English and German: from Old English, Old High German gold ‘gold’, applied as a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in gold, i.e. a refiner, jeweler, or gilder, or as a nickname for someone who either had many gold possessions or bright yellow hair. English: from an Old English personal name Golda (or the feminine Golde), which persisted into the Middle Ages as a personal name. The name was in part a byname from gold ‘gold’, and in part a short form of the various compound names with this first element.

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

Similar surnames: Bold, Good, Old, Golde, Golda, Wold, Roll, Loud, Hold, Goll

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Gold Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gold name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gold. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Gold Family Origin

Where is the Gold family from?

Gold Family Occupations

What did your Gold ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Gold occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Gold's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gold. A less common occupation for the Gold family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Gold Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 131,000 census records available for the last name Gold. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gold 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 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Gold. 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 Card

There are 28,000 military records available for the last name Gold. For the veterans among your Gold ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gold Life Expectancy

What is the average Gold lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gold life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gold in 1940 was 46, and 81 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gold ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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