Holder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Holder has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived as tenants or occupiers of land. The surname Holder originally derived from the Old English word Haldan. [1] Conversely, another source claims that the name was derived from the Old English word "h(e)aldan," meaning "to guard or keep." It is thought to have been an occupational name for a keeper of animals, but may also have been used in the sense of a holder of land within the Feudal System. [2]

Early Origins of the Holder family

The surname Holder was first found in Gloucestershire and other counties and shires in Britain. One of the first records of the name was Robert le Holdere who was listed in Gloucestershire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1] [2] The same rolls list Robert Holdere in Norfolk and Robert le Holdere in Cambridgeshire. [2]

Important Dates for the Holder family

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Holder Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Holder have been found, including Holder, Holdere, Holders and others.

Early Notables of the Holder family (pre 1700)

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Holder migration to the United States

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Holder, or a variant listed above:

Holder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Holder, who arrived in Maryland in 1633 [3]
  • Elizabeth Holder, who settled in Virginia with her husband John in 1638
  • Mary Holder, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [3]
  • Christopher Holder, who settled in Boston in 1656 later moving to Newport RI
  • Christopher Holder, aged 25, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1656 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Holder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Susanna Holder, who landed in Virginia in 1717 [3]
  • Hans Jacob Holder, aged 12, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [3]
  • Hans Marthel Holder, aged 24, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [3]
  • Casparus Holder, aged 26, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [3]
  • Alexander Holder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Holder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wilhelm Holder, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1854 [3]
  • Wilhelme Holder, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1854 [3]
  • Albert Holder, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 [3]
  • Con Holder, aged 59, who arrived in New York in 1862 [3]
  • Kyzer Holder, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1862 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Holder migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holder Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jacob Holder U.E. (b. 1757) born in Lynn Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA who arrived at Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 aboard the ship "Grace" he enlisted in 1777 and served in the Buck's County Volunteers then the Queen's Rangers he died in 1828 in Long Reach, Kings County, New Brunswick, married to Mary Sharp they had 9 children [4]
  • Mr. John Holder U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]

Holder migration to Australia

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

Holder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Holder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [5]
  • Harriet Holder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [5]
  • John Holder, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Henry Holder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1848 [7]
  • Matthew Holder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Himalaya" in 1849 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Holder migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Holder Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Holder, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Holder, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William John Holder, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1841
  • William John Holder, aged 25, a farmer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • William Holder, aged 39, a sawyer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Holder (post 1700)

  • Randolph M. Holder (1918-1942), American naval aviator, eponym of the destroyer USS Holder (DD-819)
  • Burton Allen Holder (1843-1920), Chickasaw Indian who served as a Confederate officer in the American Civil War
  • Janice M. Holder (1949-2008), American Tennessee Supreme Court justice, Chief Justice of Tennessee from 2008 to 2010
  • Eric Himpton Holder Jr. (b. 1951), American 82nd Attorney General of the United States
  • Preston Holder (1908-1980), American archaeologist
  • Eric H. Holder Jr., American politician, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1993-97 [9]
  • Dwight A. Holder, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1948 [9]
  • David M. Holder, American Republican politician, Chair of Randolph County Republican Party, 2002 [9]
  • Daniel Clinton Holder, American politician, Representative from Michigan 9th District, 1926 [9]
  • Charles A. Holder, American politician, U.S. Consul in Cologne, 1914 [9]
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Holder family

Bismarck
  • Christian Holder (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [10]
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Citations

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Navarino.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HIMALAYA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Himalaya.htm
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  11. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
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