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Wold Name Meaning

Norwegian: variant spelling of Vold (see Voll). English: topographic name for someone who lived on any of the areas of open upland known from Middle English times onwards as wolds (e.g. the Yorkshire Wolds or the Cotswolds). This term derives from Old English wald ‘forest’ (see Wald). After the extensive clearance of forests in England, from before the Norman Conquest onward, the Old English term wald came to denote open uplands (wolds) in Middle English in certain areas of England.

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


Similar surnames: Wild, Wood, Wald, Bold, Gold, Wolf, Weld, Old, Hole, Hoad

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Where is the Wold family from?

You can see how Wold families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wold family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wold families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Wold families living in Massachusetts. This was 100% of all the recorded Wold's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Wold families in 1840.
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What did your Wold ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wold. 19% of Wold men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Wold women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wold were Carpenter and Waitress.

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Waitress
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Wold. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Wold. For the veterans among your Wold ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wold lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Wold life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wold in 1941 was 33, and 80 in 2004.

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