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Where did the German Herholdt family come from? What is the German Herholdt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Herholdt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Herholdt family history?

The Herholdt surname is thought to derive from a first name, popular in the Middle ages. A Germanic Hariowald was mentioned by the Roman historian Tacitus. It is also supposed that the name may have evolved from the Middle High German word "heralt," meaning a herald, or messenger.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Herold, Herolt, Hareld, Herholdt, Herholz, Hierold and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where an early form of the name was Hörldt. Predating surnames, there is record of a Haroldus in Hamburg in 1251.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herholdt research. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) covering the year 1383 is included under the topic Early Herholdt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Herholdt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Georg Christoph Heroldt, who came to Pennsylvania in 1743; Henrich Christoph Heroldt, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1743; Joorg Christoff Heroldt, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1743.

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  • Johan Daniel Herholdt (1818-1902), Danish architect, best known for his work on the Copenhagen University Library in Fiolstræde, Copenhagen
  • Sonja Herholdt, Afrikaner singer-songwriter and actress


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  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Herholdt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Herholdt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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