Holdombe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the Holdombe name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Holdombe was originally derived from a family having lived in one of the settlements called Holton in the counties of Dorset, Suffolk and Somerset. The surname Holdombe belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Holdombe family

The surname Holdombe was first found in the Isle of Wight 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.

The family later settled in Wiltshire in the reign of James I (1567-1625) and held Farley Castle there at that time. Rev. Robert Houlton of Milton, Clevedon, Somerset, the promoter of the Suttonian method of variolation was a descendant of this line.

Important Dates for the Holdombe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holdombe research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1720, 1696, 1700 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Holdombe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holdombe Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Holdombe include Houlton, Holton and others.

Early Notables of the Holdombe family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Jospeh Houlton Esq., of Trowbridge, (died 1720) High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1696, her purchased from the Hungerford family in 1700...
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Migration of the Holdombe family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Holton settled in Virginia in 1635; along with Bartholomew; William Holton settled in Cambridge Mass in 1630; John and George Holton settled in Maryland in 1774..

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