The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This surname of NOLD (also spelt NOLDE) was from an aphetic form of various medieval given names derived from Germanic personal names ending in the element WALD (meaning rule). It was also an occupational name for a sailor or boat builder, and was originally rendered in the Latin form NAVIS. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. A notable member of the name was Emil NOLDE (1867-1956) the German painter and printmaker, born in NOLDE. One of the most important Expressionist painters, he was briefly a member of the Expressionis 'Die Brucke' (1906-7) but produced his own powerful style of distorted forms in his violent religious pictures such as 'The Life of Christ' (1911-12). He also produced a large number of etchings, lithographs and woodcuts.
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