The lineage of the name Holdom begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in one of the settlements called Holton in the counties of Dorset
. The surname Holdom belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Holdom family
The surname Holdom was first found in the Isle of Wight where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
The family later settled in Wiltshire in the reign of James I (1567-1625) and held Farley Castle there at that time. Rev. Robert Houlton of Milton, Clevedon, Somerset, the promoter of the Suttonian method of variolation was a descendant of this line.
Early History of the Holdom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holdom research.Another 320 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1720, 1696, 1700 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Holdom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Holdom Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Holdom has undergone many spelling variations
, including Houlton, Holton and others.
Early Notables of the Holdom family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Jospeh Houlton Esq., of Trowbridge, (died 1720) High Sheriff
in 1696, her purchased from the Hungerford family in 1700... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holdom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Holdom family to Ireland
Some of the Holdom family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Holdom family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Holdom were among those contributors: John Holton settled in Virginia in 1635; along with Bartholomew; William Holton settled in Cambridge Mass in 1630; John and George Holton settled in Maryland in 1774..
The Holdom Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Semper fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful.