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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wold
  1. A wood; a forest.
  2. A plain, or low hill; a country without wood, whether hilly or not."And from his further bank Ætolia's wolds espied." [Byron.]"The wind that beats the mountain, blows More softly round the open wold." [Tennyson.]

Etymology: OE. wold wald, AS. weald wald, a wood, forest; akin to OFries. & OS. wald, D. woud, G. wald, Icel. völlr, a field, and probably to Gr. � a grove, Skr. vā�a a garden, inclosure. Cf. Weald

noun Wold
See Weld.
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  1. A tract of open rolling country (especially upland)

From Middle English wald, wold, from Old English (Anglian) wald (compare weald), from Proto-Germanic *walþuz, from Proto-Indo-European *wel(ə)-t- (compare Welsh gwallt ‘hair’, Lithuanian váltis ‘oat awn’, Serbo-Croatian vlât ‘ear (of wheat)’, Ancient Greek λάσιος (lásios) ‘hairy’). See also the related term weald.

  1. (archaic, regional) An unforested or deforested plain, a grassland, a moor.
  2. (obsolete) A wood or forest, especially a wooded upland.

wold was also found in the following language(s): Middle English and Middle Low German

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wold

Seasick Steve is a country blues, blues, and blues rock musician and songwriter. He plays Vocals, guitar, Diddley bow, Stomp box, and Banjo. Seasick was given the name Steven Gene Wold in 1941 in Oakland, California, U.S. Seasick is also known as Wold and Steven Gene.


John S. Wold is a congressman. He was most prominent from 1969 to 1971. John was born on August 31st, 1916 in East Orange, New Jersey.


Herman Wold was a scientist in the fields of econometrics and statistics. Herman was born on December 25th, 1908 in Skien. He breathed his last breath on February 16th, 1992.


She was most prominent from 1959 to 2000. Susse was given the name Lise Wold on November 17th, 1938 in Frederiksberg.


Ingrid Moe Wold is a soccer player for the LSK Kvinner FK and Norway women's national football team. Ingrid was born on January 29th, 1990.


Agnes was born in 1955.


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Popularity of Wold as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wold U.S.
  White 93.77% 64.26%
  African American 1.33% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.73% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.46% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.49% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.22% 16.26%

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People with the last name Wold are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Wold

  • How Popular is the name Wold? As a last name Wold was the 6,091st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Wold first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Wold is Friday, March 14th, 1884.
  • How unique is the name Wold? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Wold. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Wold: Your name in reverse order is Dlow. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dowl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wold? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,631 people with the last name Wold.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wold? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Wold as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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).
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