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Type Surname (from given name)
Usage English

Meaning & History

This unusual and interesting surname is of medieval English origin, and derives from either of two Anglo-Scandinavian male given names: Ingald or Ingulf. The former derives ultimately from the Old Norse "Ingialdr", having as its initial element the divine name "Ing", borne by a minor Norse god associated with fertility, and meaning "swelling, protuberance", with "gialdr", tribute; hence, "Ing's tribute". The latter comes from the Old Norse "Ingolfr" or the Old Danish "Ingulf", and translates as "Ing's wolf", from "Ing" (as above) and "ulfr", wolf. Both Anglo-Scandinavian names appear (without surname) in the Domesday Book of 1086, and Edmund Ingold noted in the 1273 Hundred Rolls of Suffolk is the earliest recorded bearer of the surname.
Added 4/8/2020 by Avery Jay Yates