First name origin & meaning:
Old English: To shine
First name variations: Goldwin, Goldwyn, Goldman
Last name origins & meanings:
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from modern German
Gold, Yiddish gold ‘gold’. In North America it is often
a reduced form of one of the many compound ornamental names of which
Gold is the first element.
- English and German: from
Old English, Old High German gold ‘gold’, applied as a
metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in gold, i.e. a
refiner, jeweler, or gilder, or as a nickname for someone who either
had many gold possessions or bright yellow hair.
- English: from an
Old English personal name Golda (or the feminine Golde),
which persisted into the Middle Ages as a personal name. The name was
in part a byname from gold ‘gold’, and in part a short form of
the various compound names with this first element.
Famous people with this first name:
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