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 the town of Holbeach in the county of Lincolnshire. This surname is a classic example of a habitation name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. The surname Holbeck was originally derived from the pre-existing name for a town.

Early Origins of the Holbeck family

The surname Holbeck was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Holbeck family

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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)

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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 [1]
  • William Holbeck, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [1]
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 [1]
Holbeck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Arnold Holbeck, aged 40, who landed in Missouri in 1839 [1]

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 [2]

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 [3]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM HYDE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WilliamHyde.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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