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

Holdren is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Holdich, Norfolk. This locale cannot be found today, but was listed pre 1700.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Holdren family name include Holditch, Holdich, Holdrich, Holdridge, Hilditch and many more.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holdren research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Holdren History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 69 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holdren Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Holdren surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Holdick who settled in Virginia in 1650; J. and H. Holdridge settled in Philadelphia in 1822.

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  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Holdren Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holdren 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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