Holbech History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Holbech surname lived in Holbeach, a market-town and parish in Lincolnshire. "The ancient name of this place was Oldbeche, it having been built near an old beach which the receding of the waters had left; and it is evident, from the different embankments constructed between the Foss-Dyke and the Cross-Keys Washes, that all the land in the vicinity of the town was once covered by the waters of the North Sea. Foundations of walls, and pavements, have been discovered, and several ancient coins, urns, and seals dug up at different periods." [1] [2]

However, other sources have different understandings of where the name originated. First of all, some say the name was derived from Holbeck, found in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire. The latter is by far, the largest of the three and "derives its name from the rivulet whereon it is situated." [1] [3] [4] [5]

Secondly, one source claims the name was originally Norman as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Hugh Faber de Holbec and Nicholas de Holbec there in 1198. [6]

Early Origins of the Holbech family

The surname Holbech was first found in Lincolnshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include three listings for the family: Everard de Holebech or Holebeck; Hugh de Hollebeche; and Thomas de Holebeck. [2]

Later, Thomas de Holebech was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1298. [7]

The source Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I. has one listing: Agnes de Holebeck, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire: Henry III-Edward I and the source Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III has one listing: Adam de Holebeche, Lincolnshire, 20 Edward I (during the 20th year of King Edward III's reign.) [8]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls also includes one listing: Johanna de Holbek. [2]

Early History of the Holbech family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holbech research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1551, 1527, 1534, 1535 and 1536 are included under the topic Early Holbech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holbech Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Holbech are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Holbech include: Holbeck, Holbech, Holbech, Holbeche, Holbeame and others.

Early Notables of the Holbech family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry Holbeach or Rands (d. 1551), Bishop of Lincoln, a native of Holbeach, Lincolnshire. His surname was properly Rands, but on becoming a monk of Crowland he assumed the name of his birthplace. He entered Cambridge...
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holbech Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Holbech family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Holbech or a variant listed above: William Holbeck, who arrived on the "Mayflower" at Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620; Mr. Holbeck arrived in Philadelphia in 1796.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  4. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  5. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  7. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  8. ^ Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)


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