Holdstock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Holdstock is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the county of Yorkshire, where they held manor at Haldsworth.

Early Origins of the Holdstock family

The surname Holdstock was first found in Yorkshire 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.

Important Dates for the Holdstock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holdstock research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Holdstock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holdstock Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Holdstock are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Holdstock include: Holdsworth, Holesworth, Houlsworth, Holdworth, Houldworth and many more.

Early Notables of the Holdstock family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Holdstock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Holdstock family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Holdstock or a variant listed above: Seth Holdsworth settled in Barbados in 1675; Scholas Houldsworth arrived in Philadelphia in 1856.

Contemporary Notables of the name Holdstock (post 1700)

  • Richard S. Holdstock, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [1]
  • Roy Gordon Holdstock (b. 1955), English former rugby league player, member of the England (1980-1981) and the Great Britain (1980) National Teams
  • Robert Paul Holdstock (1948-2009), English novelist, known for his works of Celtic, Nordic, Gothic and Pictish fantasy literature
  • Adrian Holdstock (b. 1970), South African cricketer and umpire
  • Pauline Holdstock (b. 1948), English-born, Canadian essayist and writer of historical fiction; her 1987 novel The Blackbird's Song was nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award

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  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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