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The lineage of the name Holford begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Holford, a place-name found in Somerset and Sussex. The place-name is derived from the Old English elements hol, which means hollow or valley, and ford, a shallow place where a river may be crossed by wading. Fords were very important in medieval England, as bridges were very expensive to both build and maintain. Any place where there was a ford across a river was bound to become a settlement of one sort or another, especially if it was a long way to the next ford up or down the river. In this particular case, the place-name Holford means "ford across the river in a valley."

Holford Early Origins



The surname Holford was first found in West Somerset in the hundred of Whitley at Holford, a village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Holeforde. The place name literally meant "hollow ford, ford in a hollow," from the Old English words hol + ford. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The River Holford which runs through the village flows to the sea at Kilve.

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Holford Spelling Variations


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Holford Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Holford has undergone many spelling variations, including Holford, Holfords and others.

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Holford Early History


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Holford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holford research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1717, 1541 and 1588 are included under the topic Early Holford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Holford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Holford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Lady Elizabeth Holford, who in 1717, gave £500 in support of a school in Stanton St. John in Oxfordshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Blessed Thomas...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Holford were among those contributors:

Holford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margtt Holford, who landed in Virginia in 1665-1666
  • Thomas Holford, who arrived in Virginia in 1668

Holford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eleanor Holford settled in New England in 1706
  • Thomas Holford settled in Maryland in 1725
  • Elizabeth Holford arrived in Annapolis, Maryland in 1729

Holford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Holford, aged 28, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

Holford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Holford, aged 32, a potter, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Jane Holford, aged 29, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • William Holford, aged 8, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Thomas Holford, aged 4, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • William Holford, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Holford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Holford (post 1700)



  • William Dwight "Bill" Holford Sr. (b. 1919), American recording engineer and record producer
  • Castello Holford, American author, best known for writing Aristopia in 1895
  • William G. Holford, American co-founder of Lawrence & Holford, an architectural firm based in Oregon in 1913
  • L. Dean Holford, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 14th District, 1976
  • Lady Susannah Holford (b. 1864), née Croft, English wife of Sir George Holford
  • William "Will" Holford (b. 1862), English footballer who played for Stoke (1886-1889)
  • Margaret Holford (1778-1852), English poet and translator
  • Robert Stayner Holford (1808-1892), English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for East Gloucestershire; he rebuilt Westonbirt House and founded the Westonbirt Arboretum
  • Thomas "Tom" Holford (1878-1964), English footballer
  • Michael Oliver Holford (b. 1982), English rugby union player for Nottingham
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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