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

The Herholdt surname is thought to derive from a first name, popular in the Middle ages. A Germanic Hariowald was mentioned by the Roman historian Tacitus. It is also supposed that the name may have evolved from the Middle High German word "heralt," meaning a herald, or messenger.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Herold, Herolt, Hareld, Herholdt, Herholz, Hierold and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where an early form of the name was Hörldt. Predating surnames, there is record of a Haroldus in Hamburg in 1251.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herholdt research. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) covering the year 1383 is included under the topic Early Herholdt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Herholdt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Georg Christoph Heroldt, who came to Pennsylvania in 1743; Henrich Christoph Heroldt, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1743; Joorg Christoff Heroldt, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1743.

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  • Johan Daniel Herholdt (1818-1902), Danish architect, best known for his work on the Copenhagen University Library in Fiolstræde, Copenhagen
  • Sonja Herholdt, Afrikaner singer-songwriter and actress


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  1. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  5. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  6. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  7. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Herholdt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Herholdt 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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