Holbeck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Holbeck belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having 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 Holbeck family

The surname Holbeck 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.)

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

Early History of the Holbeck family

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

Holbeck Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Holbeck include Holbeck, Holbech, Holbech, Holbeche, Holbeame and others.

Early Notables of the Holbeck 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 Holbeck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Holbeck migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Holbeck were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Holbeck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Holbeck, who arrived on the "Mayflower" at Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620
  • Wilham Holbeck, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [8]
  • William Holbeck, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [8]
Holbeck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Holbeck, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1796
  • Mr. Holbeck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1797 [8]
Holbeck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Arnold Holbeck, aged 40, who landed in Missouri in 1839 [8]

Australia Holbeck migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Holbeck Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • W.P. Holbeck, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1849 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Holbeck (post 1700) +

  • Fred C. Holbeck (1878-1957), American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate, 1912, 1936; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Arenac District, 1929-36; Defeated in Republican primary, 1926, 1938 [10]


  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. ^ Lowe, 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. ^ 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)
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM HYDE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WilliamHyde.htm
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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