Holdgate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
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.  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.
Important Dates for the Holdgate family
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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.
Early Notables of the Holdgate family (pre 1700)
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Holdgate 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 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, who settled in New York in 1823
Holdgate 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:
Holdgate Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Edward Holdgate, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th October 1863 
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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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html