Halgate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Halgate is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the area of Holdgate in Hereford. Holgate was also listed as a township in the suburbs of York at one time.

Early Origins of the Halgate family

The surname Halgate was first found in Shropshire at Holdgate, Stanton Holdgate or Castle Holdgate, a small village which dates back to 1185 when it was listed as Castellum Hologoti and literally meant "castle of a man called Helgot", from an Old French personal name + the Latin castellum. [1] Holdgate (Holgate) Castle is situated in the village of Holdgate and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. It was an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress founded by Helgot de Reisolent. Ruins of the castle are still found there today.

Important Dates for the Halgate family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halgate research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1481, 1555, 1545 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Halgate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Halgate Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Halgate has been spelled many different ways, including Holgate, Holdgate, Howgate, Hogate and others.

Early Notables of the Halgate family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Halgate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Halgate migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Halgates to arrive in North America:

Halgate Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Halgate, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [2]

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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)
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