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Origin, Meaning, Family History and Alde Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Origins of Alde:
A family of Strathclyde-Briton were the first to use the name Aide. They resided at Auld in Ayrshire.  In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words.  Consequently, there are a large number of spelling variations in old Scottish names.  Alde has found as Auld, Alda, Alde, Ald, Aulde, MacAuld and much more.

Variations:
More common variations are: Aldie, Alade, ALdea, Alide, Alode, ALude, ALede, Yalde, Aldee, Aalde.

Scotland:
The surname Alde first appeared in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Air), previously a district in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Cabinet Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where the surname noted as Ealda in an Old English charter of 765.  The family continued to prosper in this area for centuries, and by 1284, John Alde noted as a servitor of the Lord of Carrick.  By 1302, they had also acquired estates in Perthshire.

United States of America:
The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national culture in the last century through highland games and Tribe societies in North America.  Among them as Robert Auld of Kilbride who moved to North America in 1679.

Motto:
The motto was originally a war cry or catchword.  Mottoes first started to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries but were not in general use until the 17th century.  Thus, the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto.  Mottoes sometimes form part of the grant of arms as Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional part of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will like many families have chosen not to display a motto. Motto: Virtute et constantia Motto Translation: By courage and determination.

Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Kent). Erm. on a chief sa. two griffins combatant ar. Crest—A torteau.
2) Ar. on a pale sa. betw. two ogresses, a demi lion ramp. or.

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References

  • 1 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P69
  • 2 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P39
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 28
  • 4 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
  • 5 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 6 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
  • 7 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P164
  • 8 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Griffin
  • 9 Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures…in British Heraldry, J. Vinycomb, Chapman & Hall, London, 1906, P150
  • 10 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P146
  • 11 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Roundle
  • 12 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Lion