Holdrege History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Holdrege is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in Holdich, Norfolk. This locale cannot be found today, but was listed pre 1700.

Early Origins of the Holdrege family

The surname Holdrege was first found in Devon 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.

Early History of the Holdrege family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holdrege research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Holdrege History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holdrege Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Holdrege were recorded, including Holditch, Holdich, Holdrich, Holdridge, Hilditch and many more.

Early Notables of the Holdrege family (pre 1700)

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United States Holdrege migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Holdrege family emigrate to North America:

Holdrege Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Miss Leeta Holdrege, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse" from Southampton, England [1]
  • Carl J. Holdrege, aged 41, arrived in New York City in 1922 aboard the ship "La Savoie" from Le Havre, France [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Holdrege (post 1700) +

  • George W. Holdrege, American railroad official, eponym of Holdrege, a city in Phelps County, Nebraska in 1883

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