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Old English Tattoos And Designs-Old English Tattoo Ideas-Old English Tattoo Lettering

Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One popular lettering tattoo style that many people may choose is the Old English tattoo. Also known as Anglo-Saxon, Old English is an early form of the English language first written and spoken by the Anglo-Saxons. Old English was also used by the descendants of the Anglo-Saxons, found in England and Scotland. This early writing style was used between the 5th century and 12 century.

Lettering tattoos are always a popular choice and Old English is often chosen as the writing style for those letters. Lettering tattoos are worn by both men and women, but they are more popular among men. Even so, women also often choose such tattoos. Old English tattoos can be used for a variety of purposes. In this article, we will discuss some of the most popular ways to sport your Old English tattoos.



Old English tattoos can serve a variety of different purposes as a lettering tattoo. You can use your Old English lettering for name tattoos, abbreviation tattoos, inspirational tattoos, and quote tattoos. Old English lettering is often used for last name tattoos. Men commonly choose such tattoos and they will get their last name inked to mainly represent their name, family, pride, and heritage. Men usually choose the upper back for these tattoos and Old English lettering is often used. Men can also choose the arms or legs for this type of Old English tattoo.

Quote tattoos and inspirational tattoos done in Old English are also a popular choice. These types of tattoos are equally popular among men and women. With these types of tattoos, any quote may be considered. Some men and women may choose a quote from a celebrity or inspirational person. Others may choose quotes from the Bible. Below, you can find some examples of quote and inspirational tattoos.

  • Only God Can Judge Me
  • Life Is What You Make It
  • Live Laugh Love
  • Through The Rain You Are My Shelter
  • For Every Dark Night, There Is A Brighter Day
  • What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

There are also a variety of single words that are commonly used for lettering tattoos. In most cases, this can fall into the inspirational category. Below, you can find some examples that can be used as an Old English tattoo.

  • Faith
  • Hope
  • Honor
  • Love
  • Victory


Another way that you can use Old English lettering is by having your child's name tattooed in Old English. For any proud mother or father, this is a great way to represent your children. You can have your child's full name tattooed in Old English or have their initials. Some men and women may choose to have a parent's name tattooed in Old English or even a partner. Since Old English tattoos can be done in various sizes, these type of tattoos can nearly be placed anywhere on the body.

Although Old English tattoos can only be applied to lettering, you can still add any element or symbol to these types of tattoos. Yes, many men and women do choose to only have the lettering, but appropriate symbols can be applied. For example, if your having a child's name inked, you may want to add a toy car or truck. If you have your mother's name, you may want to add a rose. You can even add color to your Old English tattoo instead of traditional black ink. In the end, you can do a lot with these types of Old English tattoos.

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There are some important things that you need to remember before you choose an Old English lettering tattoo or any tattoo. You always want to research your tattoo to make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. With Old English lettering tattoos, they only hold symbolic meaning to the wearer. But if you choosing another tattoo, you want to make sure that you know what it represents. Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that get inked on an impulse usually have regrets about their tattoo later on down the road. Make sure you take your time and that you are completely committed on your choice. If there is any question on your part, give it more time. Remember, you are going to wear this tattoo for the rest of your life. If your still wanting a lettering tattoo but without Old English lettering, there are a variety of lettering types available. If you are interested in viewing more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below. As always, thanks for your visit!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on September 13, 2012:









Thank you all for your time, comments, votes, and everything else. It is always appreciated. Take care and thanks again.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 28, 2012:

Hi Ricky, I'm not so keen on the the written tattoo's, I much prefer the colourful picture ones!

Great hub as always, voted up!

Dianna Mendez on August 28, 2012:

This type of lettering is what I see most on people. I can see a word like faith as attractive, but putting my name on me.. it's just too much open information. A very interesting post, as usual. Excellent!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 27, 2012:

These are certainly different. I wouldn't think a woman would want one but who knows. Different strokes for different folks..Cliché!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on August 27, 2012:

These tattoos just don't have any personality to them they are so very plain . :-(

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 27, 2012:

again thelyricwriter your tat entries are always second to none

Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 27, 2012:

wow that was cool..i saw one with's an Old english text tattoo named Victoria :( wished it was me.hehe

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 27, 2012:

Definitely odd and different.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 26, 2012:

Very cool but not what I'm looking for. LOL You have done your usual comprehensive job on this topic; nice work!

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