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The name Holdgate has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the area of Holdgate in Hereford. Holgate was also listed as a township in the suburbs of York at one time.

Holdgate Early Origins



The surname Holdgate was first found in Shropshire at Holdgate, Stanton Holdgate or Castle Holdgate, a small village which dates back to 1185 when it was listed as Castellum Hologoti and literally meant "castle of a man called Helgot", from an Old French personal name + the Latin castellum. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Holdgate (Holgate) Castle is situated in the village of Holdgate and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. It was an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress founded by Helgot de Reisolent. Ruins of the castle are still found there today.

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Holdgate Spelling Variations


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Holdgate 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 Holdgate have been found, including Holgate, Holdgate, Howgate, Hogate and others.

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Holdgate Early History


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Holdgate Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holdgate research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1481, 1555, 1545 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Holdgate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Holdgate Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Holdgate Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holdgate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Holdgate, or a variant listed above:

Holdgate Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mathew Holdgate settled with his daughter Mary in Philadelphia in 1685
  • Matthew Holdgate, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685

Holdgate Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Holdgate settled in New York in 1823

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Contemporary Notables of the name Holdgate (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Holdgate (post 1700)



  • Sir Martin Wyatt Holdgate CB (b. 1931), English biologist and environmental scientist
  • Martin W. Holdgate, British senior scientist of the survey of the South Sandwich Islands from HMS Protector in 1964, eponym of Mount Holdgate, Antarctica

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Holdgate Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holdgate Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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