Bold Family History
Bold Name Meaning
English (Lancashire and Staffordshire): from Middle English bold ‘dwelling-house’ (Old English bold the West Midland and northwestern form of Old English bōthl bōtl) especially in the sense ‘castle or manor house’ for someone who lived or worked at the main house or a habitational name from one of the many places called with this word for example Bold (Lancashire) The Bold in Aston Botterell (Shropshire) Booden Farm in Haughton Booth in Blithfield and Bull Bridge in Penkridge (all Staffordshire). Compare Bodle . English: nickname from Middle English bold Old English b(e)ald ‘bold brave noble’ which in Middle English developed the additional sense ‘arrogant impudent shameless’. English: variant of Bolt and possibly a variant of Bald German: from the ancient Germanic personal name Baldo a short form of various compound names based on the element bald ‘bold’ notably Baldwin in the north and Reinbold in the south. Compare Boldt and Bolt . German: nickname from Middle Low German bolt ‘quick brave’ or Middle High German bolte ‘bolt shackle’. Swedish: probably of German origin (see 4 and 5 above).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022