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

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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boldt research. Another 186 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1796 is included under the topic Early Boldt History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boldt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 landed in Texas in 1855
  • Christian S Boldt, who arrived in Mississippi in 1891

Boldt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Boldt, aged 42, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Sophia Boldt, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Johanna Boldt, aged 11, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Sophia Boldt, aged 4, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Catherine Boldt, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874


  • 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


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  5. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Boldt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boldt 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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