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

The name is a shortened form of the Middle Low German word "holtsate," meaning "one who dwells in the woods." Holstein, was the name of a German region as well as of several villages, and in turn, some bearers of this name no doubt derived their name from the place names.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Holst, Holste, Holsten, Holster, Holstein and others.

First found in Germany, where the name Holsapple came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holsapple research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holsapple History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Holsapple 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: Lowrens Holst, who came to New York in 1690 and Franz Holste, who arrived in New Orleans in 1843.

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The Holsapple Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holsapple 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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