The ancestors of the name Holdum date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in one of the settlements called Holton in the counties of Dorset
. The surname Holdum 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 Holdum family
The surname Holdum 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 Holdum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holdum research.Another 320 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1720, 1696, 1700 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Holdum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Holdum Spelling Variations
Holdum has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Holdum have been found, including Houlton, Holton and others.
Early Notables of the Holdum 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 Holdum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Holdum family to Ireland
Some of the Holdum 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 Holdum family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Holdums to arrive on North American shores: 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 Holdum 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.