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Holt is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Holt family once lived near a grove or woods. The surname Holt originally derived from the Old English word holt which meant a "wood" or "grove."

Holt Early Origins



The surname Holt was first found in Lancashire at Ashworth, a parochial chapelry, in the parish of Middleton, union of Bury, hundred of Salford. "A family named Ashworth was seated here as early as the 13th century, and appears to have been succeeded by the Holts: Richard Holt, an active supporter of the royal cause in the civil war, had his estate sequestrated in 1643; but it was afterwards restored." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
An important branch of the family was found at Aston in Warwickshire. "The manor was purchased in 1366 from the heiress of de Maidenhach by John atte Holt, of Birmingham, and remained for many generations in the possession of his lineal descendants, of whom several were distinguished for their talents and for the important stations they occupied in society. Edward Holt, sheriff of the county in 1574, resided in the adjoining manor of Duddeston, there being at that time in Aston only an ancient house, probably of timber, situated on the bank of the river Tame near the church, and the site of which, now overgrown with trees, is discoverable only by part of the moat by which it was surrounded. On the demise of Edward Holt in 1593, the estate descended to his son Thomas, the most distinguished member of the family, who is represented by Dugdale as eminent for his literary acquirements. He was sheriff in 1600: on the arrival of James VI. of Scotland to assume the crown of England, he attended that monarch in his route from Yorkshire, where he received the honour of knighthood; and in 1612 he was created one of the order of baronets, then recently instituted. Sir Thomas Holt inclosed the park, and erected the present stately Hall of Aston, unrivalled in these parts for beauty and magnificence, which he commenced in 1618, and completed in 1635." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Holt Spelling Variations


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Holt Spelling Variations



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 Holt family name include Holte, Holt and others.

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Holt Early History


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Holt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holt research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1597, 1387, 1571, 1654, 1679, 1649, 1722, 1682, 1729, 1616, 1686, 1654, 1656, 1642, 1710 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Holt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Holt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Holt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include John Beauchamp de Holt, created Baron Kidderminster, by Richard III in 1387; Sir Thomas Holte, 1st Baronet (1571-1654), English owner of Aston Hall, Warwickshire; Sir Robert Holte, 2nd Baronet (?-1679); Sir Charles Holte, 3rd Baronet (1649-1722)...

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Holt In Ireland


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Holt In Ireland



Some of the Holt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Holt surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Holt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Randall Holt settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Randall Holt, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Randolph Holt, who arrived in Virginia in 1621
  • Nicholas Holt, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635
  • William Holt settled in the Somers Island in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Holt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Holt, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Ismaell Holt, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Joseph Holt, who landed in Barbados in 1712-1713
  • Mary Holt, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • George Holt, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Holt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gerh Holt, who landed in America in 1836
  • Neil J Holt, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849
  • James Holt, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Ole Holt, who landed in Texas in 1853
  • William Holt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Holt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Holt, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Berry Holt, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Moses Holt U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Holt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Orrin Holt, who arrived in Canada in 1839
  • Valentine Holt, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Holt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Holt, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Eleazer Holt, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Richard Holt, English Convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Ann Holt, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • Solomon Holt, aged 30, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Holt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Holt arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Samuel Holt, aged 32, a gardener, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • John Holt, aged 29, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Edwin J. Holt, aged 26, a stockman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
  • Charles Holt, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Holt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Holt (post 1700)



  • Helen Louise Froelich Holt (1913-2015), American politician, Secretary of State of West Virginia (1957-1959)
  • Nancy Holt (1938-2014), American artist most known for her public sculpture, installation art and land art
  • Andrew David "Andy" Holt (1904-1987), American educator, 16th President of the University of Tennessee
  • Col. Thomas Michael Holt (1831-1896), American industrialist and politician, 47th Governor of North Carolina (1891 to 1893)
  • David Jack Holt (1927-2003), American child actor
  • Torrance "Torry" Jabar Holt (b. 1976), former American college and professional NFL football wide receiver
  • Henry E. Holt (b. 1929), American astronomer who has discovered almost 700 asteroids, co-discoverer of periodic comets 121P/Shoemaker-Holt, 127P/Holt-Olmstead and 128P/Shoemaker-Holt
  • Benjamin Leroy Holt (1849-1920), American inventor who patented and manufactured the first practical crawler-type tread tractor, founder of The Holt Manufacturing Company in 1892
  • John Caldwell Holt (1924-1985), American educator and reformer
  • Rush Dew Holt Jr. (b. 1948), American physicist and Democratic politician, representative from New Jersey (1999-)
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Holt Historic Events


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Holt Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Robert Armor Holt, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Ronald Holt, British Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Edgar Holt, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John Francis Holt, British Ordnance Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Master William Robert Grattan Holt, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada going to Marlborough College in Wiltshire, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Holt


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Suggested Readings for the name Holt



  • Ancestors and Descendants of John and Isabel Holt, Williamson County, Tennessee by Albert L. Cooper.
  • Ancestry of Albright and Holt Families of Clay County, Missouri by Claribel Albright McClain.

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Exaltavit humiles
Motto Translation: He hath exalted the humble.


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Holt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holt 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.

This page was last modified on 21 September 2016 at 19:34.

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