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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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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 the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 13 Old families living in Virginia. This was about 25% of all the recorded Old's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Old families in 1840.
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 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Old. 16% of Old men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Old women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Old were Clerk and Maid.

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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
    16%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    19%
  • Housewife
    19%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Maid
    10%
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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 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 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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