This unusual name has Germanic origins where originally it was a pet-form of 'Arnold' - the Saxon personal compound of the pre 7th Century which translates as 'Eagle-Rule'. The name is first recorded in Prussia, the Coat of Arms being one of the most unusual recorded, being blue, a red fesse chequay gold and red charged with a black wing couped, charged with a silver trefoil slipped, overall a semee of green trefoils. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Johannes Nolte.
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