Wald Family History
Wald Name Meaning
German and English: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a forest (Old High German wald northern Middle English wald). Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Wald ‘forest’. Very few Jews would have been living anywhere near a forest at the time when they acquired surnames so as a Jewish name its origins are unlikely to be topographic. German: in some cases from the old personal name Waldo (from walt ‘rule power’). Americanized form of Norwegian Wold or Vold (see Voll ).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022