Golden Family CrestThe English surname Golden, also found in Ireland, is a nickname for someone with golden hair, from the Middle English term gelden, golden (from Old English gylden). When found in Ireland the name Golden is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name  Mag Ualghairg a patronymic name from the personal name Ualgharg, composed of Celtic elements meaning “proud, and fierce.” The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter le Gelden, which was dated 1212, The Hampshire Curia Rolls. In Ireland the name is found in the south and west with highest numbers found in counties Mayo, Sligo, Cork and Kerry. 

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