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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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Where is the Gold family from?

You can see how Gold families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gold family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gold families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 33 Gold families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 26% of all the recorded Gold's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gold families in 1840.
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What did your Gold ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gold. 16% of Gold men worked as a Salesman and 8% of Gold women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gold were Laborer and Housewife.

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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

  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Proprietor
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
  • Stenographer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Housewife
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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