Holdridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Holdridge comes from when the family resided in Holdich, Norfolk. This locale cannot be found today, but was listed pre 1700.

Early Origins of the Holdridge family

The surname Holdridge 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 Holdridge family

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

Holdridge Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Holdridge has been recorded under many different variations, including Holditch, Holdich, Holdrich, Holdridge, Hilditch and many more.

Early Notables of the Holdridge family (pre 1700)

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holdridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Holdridge migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Holdridge or a variant listed above:

Holdridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. H. Holdridge, who settled in Philadelphia in 1822

Canada Holdridge migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holdridge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. David Holdridge U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Holdridge (post 1700) +

  • Ransome Gillett Holdridge (1836-1899), American landscape painter in Northern California
  • Lee Holdridge (b. 1944), Haitian-born American composer and orchestrator
  • Leslie Ransselaer Holdridge (1907-1999), American botanist professor and climatologist
  • John Herbert Holdridge (1924-2001), American foreign service officer and diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore (1975–1978) and Indonesia (1982–1986)
  • Herbert Charles Holdridge (1892-1974), American military officer, the only United States Army General to retire during World War II
  • Cheryl Holdridge (1945-2009), American actress, best known as an original cast member of the Mickey Mouse Club
  • Alex Holdridge (b. 1975), United States film writer/director
  • Horace Holdridge (b. 1841), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Lenawee County 1st District, 1893-94 [2]
  • George W. Holdridge, American Democrat politician, Greene County Sheriff; Candidate for New York State Assembly from Greene County, 1903 [2]
  • D. D. Holdridge, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 19th District, 1899-1900 [2]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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