Holbiche History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The lineage of the name Holbiche begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they 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."  
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."    
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. 
Early Origins of the Holbiche family
The surname Holbiche 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. 
Later, Thomas de Holebech was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1298. 
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. 
Early History of the Holbiche family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holbiche research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1551, 1527, 1534, 1535 and 1536 are included under the topic Early Holbiche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Holbiche Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Holbiche has undergone many spelling variations, including Holbeck, Holbech, Holbech, Holbeche, Holbeame and others.
Early Notables of the Holbiche 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...
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Migration of the Holbiche family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Holbiche were among those contributors: William Holbeck, who arrived on the "Mayflower" at Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620; Mr. Holbeck arrived in Philadelphia in 1796.
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- Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)