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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.
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
Carl J. Holdrege, aged 41, arrived in New York City in 1922 aboard the ship "La Savoie" from Le Havre, France