Holbein History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Holbein family

The surname Holbein was first found in Austria, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. They held a family seat at Holbeinsberg and became nobles of the Holy Roman Empire in 1612. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Holbein family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holbein research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1787, 1497, 1543, 1497 and 1454 are included under the topic Early Holbein History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holbein Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Holbein, Hohlbein and others.

Early Notables of the Holbein family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Holbein were Hans Holbein (1497-1543), painter, born at Augsburg in Swabia in 1497, was the younger son of Hans Holbein, a painter of that town, and grandson of Michel Holbein, who some time before 1454 came from the neighbouring village of Schonenfeld to settle...
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holbein Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Holbein migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holbein Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Jacob Holbein, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1742
  • Johann Jacob Holbein, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742 [1]
Holbein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Holbein, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1856
  • Frederick Holbein, who applied for naturalization in Ohio in 1856
  • Christopher Holbein, aged 29, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1871 [1]

Canada Holbein migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holbein Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles Holbein, who was recorded to be living in Ontario in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Holbein (post 1700) +

  • Reuben Holbein (1826-1888), American politician, Mayor of Corpus Christi, Texas [2]
  • Ambrosius Holbein (1494-1519), German and Swiss artist in painting, drawing and printmaking
  • Hans Holbein (1497-1543), the Younger, court artist to King Henry VIII of England
  • Hans Holbein (1460-1524), the Elder, father of Hans the Younger
  • Thomas Holbein (b. 1983), French professional footballer
  • Colonel Thomas Holbein Hendley CIE (1847-1917), British medical officer in the Indian Medical Service


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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