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

The ancestors of the name Holdcroft date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Holdcroft family lived in the area of Holcroft in Lancashire.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Holdcroft are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Holdcroft include: Holcroft, Holcrofte, Howcroft, Hocroft and others.

First found in Lancashire where one of the first record of the name was Robert de Holecroft who was listed in the Assize Rolls in 1246. A few years later, John Holecroft was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holdcroft research. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1629, 1693, 1656, 1640, 1648, 1745 and 1809 are included under the topic Early Holdcroft History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holdcroft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Holdcroft or a variant listed above:

Holdcroft Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Holdcroft, who landed in Ohio in 1884

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  1. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

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  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Holdcroft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holdcroft 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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