OLD FamilyTreeDNA Project Website- Background

Administrators

Surnames

New DNA test was received, Old, Olds, Ould

Background

It is believed that the Old family was from England where various spelling: Old, Olds, Ould, and Wold were used. In the United States, there are three main branches of the Old family: Norfolk, VA; Amelia, VA and Albemarle, VA. Most of the members of the Old family in the U.S. can trace themselves to one of these three branches. In addition, the s was frequently added to Old. Olds is also believed to be English. The s was added to surname after the first or second generation in this country. Olds settled primarily in colonial Massachusetts and then spread throughout the North. This group includes Ransom Eli Olds, founder of the Oldsmobile and Edson B. Olds who wrote (in 1915) The Olds (Old and Ould) Family in England and America.