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.
Early Origins of the Holdgate family
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. 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.
Early History of the Holdgate family
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Holdgate 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.
Early Notables of the Holdgate family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holdgate family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Holdgate Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Holdgate, who settled in New York in 1823
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