Holdebay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Holdebay name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Holtby, a parish, in the wapentake of Bulmer, in the North Riding of Yorkshire near York. 
Early Origins of the Holdebay family
The surname Holdebay was first found in Yorkshire at Holtby. The place dates back to at least the Domesday Book from 1086  where it was listed as Holtebi or Boltebi and literally meant "farmstead or village of a man called Holti" derived from the Old Scandinavian personal name + by. 
Ainderby Mires with Holtby is a civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, and this civil parish also dates back to the Domesday Book  where it was listed as Eltebi or Heltebi.
The first record of the family was William de Holtebi who was listed in Yorkshire in the Pipe Rolls of 1208. William and John Holteby were listed in the Feet of Fines for Yorkshire in 1303 and then again in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1396. 
Early History of the Holdebay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holdebay research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1303, 1553, 1640, 1553, 1577 and 1578 are included under the topic Early Holdebay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Holdebay Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Holdebay were recorded, including Holtby, Holteby and others.
Early Notables of the Holdebay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Father Richard Holtby (1553-1640), an English Jesuit Superior and Roman Catholic priest. He was born at Fryton, Yorkshire in 1553, was the second son of Lancelot Holtby of that place by Ellen [Butler] of Nunnington, in Ryedale, Yorkshire. "Holtby was a fellow-pupil with...
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Migration of the Holdebay family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Holdebay family emigrate to North America: William Holtby settled in Virginia in 1635; John Holtby settled in New England in 1648.
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)