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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Gold mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Gold

"Gold" is a name of English origin, and it means "Blond". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
An old English name of some yellow flower, -- the marigold (Calendula), according to Dr. Prior, but in Chaucer perhaps the turnsole.
noun Gold
  1. [Chem] A metallic element of atomic number 79, constituting the most precious metal used as a common commercial medium of exchange. It has a characteristic yellow color, is one of the heaviest substances known (specific gravity 19.32), is soft, and very malleable and ductile. It is quite unalterable by heat (melting point 1064.4° C), moisture, and most corrosive agents, and therefore well suited for its use in coin and jewelry. Symbol Au (Aurum). Atomic weight 196.97.
  2. Money; riches; wealth."For me, the gold of France did not seduce." [Shak.]
  3. A yellow color, like that of the metal; as, a flower tipped with gold .
  4. Figuratively, something precious or pure; as, hearts of gold .

Note: ☞ Native gold contains usually eight to ten per cent of silver, but often much more. As the amount of silver increases, the color becomes whiter and the specific gravity lower. Gold is very widely disseminated, as in the sands of many rivers, but in very small quantity. It usually occurs in quartz veins (gold quartz), in slate and metamorphic rocks, or in sand and alluvial soil, resulting from the disintegration of such rocks. It also occurs associated with other metallic substances, as in auriferous pyrites, and is combined with tellurium in the minerals petzite calaverite sylvanite, etc. Pure gold is too soft for ordinary use, and is hardened by alloying with silver and copper, the latter giving a characteristic reddish tinge. [See Carat.] Gold also finds use in gold foil, in the pigment purple of Cassius, and in the chloride, which is used as a toning agent in photography.

Etymology: AS. gold; akin to D. goud, OS. & G. gold, Icel. gull, Sw. & Dan. guld, Goth. gulþ, Russ. & OSlav. zlato; prob. akin to E. yellow. √49, 234. See Yellow, and cf. Gild (v. t.)

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  1. A deep yellow color ("he admired the gold of her hair")
  2. Something likened to the metal in brightness or preciousness or superiority etc. ("the child was as good as gold" and "she has a heart of gold")
  3. Great wealth ("Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold, and almost every vice--almighty gold")
  4. Coins made of gold
  5. A soft yellow malleable ductile (trivalent and univalent) metallic element; occurs mainly as nuggets in rocks and alluvial deposits; does not react with most chemicals but is attacked by chlorine and aqua regia
  6. Having the deep slightly brownish color of gold ("long aureate (or golden) hair" and "a gold carpet")
  7. Made from or covered with gold ("gold coins", "the gold dome of the Capitol", and "the golden calf")
  1. An English surname​ for a goldsmith or a rich man.

Gold was also found in the following language(s): German, German Low German, and Luxembourgish

Notable Persons Named Gold

Gold Panda is an electronica, uk garage, and dubstep musician, record producer, composer, remixer, and remix. He plays Music Production Center. Gold was born in 1980 in Peckham.


Gold was born in 1732. He died in 1790.


Gold is also known as Lafata and Christopher.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Gold

Tracey Gold is an actress and actor. She was most prominent from 1976 to present. Tracey was given the name Tracey Claire Fisher on May 16th, 1969 in New York City.


Andrew Gold was a pop music, pop rock, and soft rock musician, singer-songwriter, producer, and record producer. He was most prominent from 1968 to 2011. Andrew was given the name Andrew Maurice Gold on August 2nd, 1951 in Burbank, California. He died on June 3rd, 2011.


Ari Gold is a fictional character.



Jamie M. Gold is a poker player. Jamie was born on August 25th, 1969 in Kansas City, Missouri.


Les Gold is a pawnbroker, reality tv star, author, and speaker. Les was given the name Leslie Gold on June 20th, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Les is also known as Gold and Leslie.


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Popularity of Gold as a last name

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Common last names for Gold

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gold U.S.
  White 90.18% 64.26%
  African American 3.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.16% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.34% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.48% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.03% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gold

People with the last name Gold are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Gold

  • How Popular is the name Gold? Gold is the 61,870th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gold was the 1,928th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gold have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 20 babies born with the first name Gold in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gold? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1919 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Gold first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gold is Sunday, September 16th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Gold born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gold was in 1920 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Gold: Your name in reverse order is Dlog. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lodg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gold? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 18,698 people with the last name Gold.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gold? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Gold as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.