Boldt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Boldt. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Boldt family.
Early Origins of the Boldt family
The surname Boldt was first found in Mecklenburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging German nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.
Important Dates for the Boldt family
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Boldt Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Boldt include Bolte, Boltt, Boltte, Boldt, Boldte, Bollte, Bolt and many more.
Early Notables of the Boldt family (pre 1700)
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Boldt migration to the United States
The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Boldts to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Boldt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Johann Friedrich Boldt, who arrived in America in 1846 
- Christian Boldt, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1850 
- H H D Boldt, who landed in New York in 1850 
- Gottfried Boldt, who landed in Texas in 1855
- Christian S Boldt, who arrived in Mississippi in 1891 
Boldt migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Boldt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Frederick Boldt, aged 42, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
- Sophia Boldt, aged 32, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
- Johanna Boldt, aged 11, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
- Sophia Boldt, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
- Catherine Boldt, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name Boldt (post 1700)
- Laurence G. Boldt (b. 1954), American author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living
- George Hugo Boldt (1903-1984), United States federal judge
- George Charles Boldt (1851-1916), Prussian-born American hotelier
- Joachim Boldt (b. 1954), German anesthesiologist, a leading researcher into colloids
- Paul Boldt (1885-1921), one of the poets of German Expressionism
- Harry Boldt (b. 1930), German equestrian and Olympic champion
- Gerhardt Boldt (1918-1981), officer in the German Army
- Marius Boldt (b. 1989), Norwegian football defender
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)