Old
This unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is derived from the Middle English (1200 - 1500) "old", from the Olde English pre 7th Century "eald", meaning old. The word was probably used as a nickname, not necessarily implying old age, but rather used to distinguish an older from a younger bearer of the same given name. A sizeable group of early European surnames were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. The nicknames were given in the first instance with reference to a variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, supposed resemblance to an animal's or bird's appearance or disposition, habits of dress, and occupation. The modern surname can also be found as Old, Ould, Ault, Aude, Olman and Oldman. The marriage was recorded in London of James Auld and Margarett Brown, on September 18th 1694 at St. James', Dukes Place. A Coat of Arms granted to the family is ermine on a chief red two griffins respecting each other silver, the Crest being a cherub's head proper wings in saltire. The Motto "Virtute et constantia" translates as "By valour and constancy". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Wulfstan Ealda, which was dated 1060, in the "Old English Bynames", Kent, during the reign of King Edward, known as "The Confessor", 1042 - 1066. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • old — W1S1 [əuld US ould] adj comparative older superlative oldest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(not new)¦ 2¦(not young)¦ 3¦(age)¦ 4¦(that you used to have)¦ 5¦(familiar)¦ 6¦(very well known)¦ 7 the old days 8 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Old — Old, a. [Compar. {Older}; superl. {Oldest}.] [OE. old, ald, AS. ald, eald; akin to D. oud, OS. ald, OFries. ald, old, G. alt, Goth. alpeis, and also to Goth. alan to grow up, Icel. ala to bear, produce, bring up, L. alere to nourish. Cf. {Adult} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • old — [ ould ] adjective *** ▸ 1 for talking about age ▸ 2 having lived a long time ▸ 3 not new ▸ 4 that existed in the past ▸ 5 for showing you like someone ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) used for talking about the age of someone or something: how old: She didn t… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • old — [ōld] adj. older or elder, oldest or eldest [ME < OE (Anglian) ald, WS eald, akin to Ger alt < IE base * al , to grow > L altus, old, alere, to nourish: basic sense “grown”] 1. having lived or been in existence for a long time; aged 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Old — or OLD may refer to: Contents 1 Age 2 Places 3 Persons 4 Music 5 Acronyms …   Wikipedia

  • old — (adj.) O.E. ald (Anglian), eald (W.Saxon) aged, antique, primeval; elder, experienced, from W.Gmc. *althas grown up, adult (Cf. O.Fris. ald, Goth. alþeis, Du. oud, Ger. alt), originally a pp. stem of a verb meaning grow, nourish (Cf. Goth. alan… …   Etymology dictionary

  • old — ► ADJECTIVE (older, oldest) 1) having lived for a long time; no longer young. 2) made or built long ago. 3) possessed or used for a long time. 4) dating from far back; long established or known. 5) former; previous. 6) …   English terms dictionary

  • old — 1 *aged, elderly, superannuated Analogous words: *weak, feeble, infirm, decrepit Antonyms: young 2 Old, ancient, venerable, antique, antiquated, antediluvian, archaic, obsolete all denote having come into existence or use in the more or less… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • old — (izg. ȏld) prid. DEFINICIJA ob. u: SINTAGMA old boy (izg. old bȏj) 1. veteran (bivši sportaš, glazbenik i sl.) 2. jedan od partnera više dobi koja je određena posebnim propisima; stariji senior; old fashioned (izg. old fȅšnd) što je nekoć bilo… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • OLD — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Lloyd J. Old (* 1933), US amerikanischer Krebsforscher Steven Old (* 1986), neuseeländischer Fußballspieler Die Abkürzung OLD steht für Optical Line Divisor, siehe HYTAS Oxford Latin Dictionary Siehe auch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • old — [adj1] advanced in age aged, along in years*, ancient, broken down*, debilitated, decrepit, elderly, enfeebled, exhausted, experienced, fossil*, geriatric, getting on*, gray, gray haired*, grizzled*, hoary*, impaired, inactive, infirm, mature,… …   New thesaurus

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