Holgate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Holgate name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Holgate was originally derived from a family having lived in the area of Holdgate in Hereford. Holgate was also listed as a township in the suburbs of York at one time.

Early Origins of the Holgate family

The surname Holgate was first found in Shropshire at Holdgate, Stanton Holdgate or Castle Holdgate, a small village which dates back to 1185 when it was listed as Castellum Hologoti and literally meant "castle of a man called Helgot", from an Old French personal name + the Latin castellum. [1] Holdgate (Holgate) Castle is situated in the village of Holdgate and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. It was an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress founded by Helgot de Reisolent. Ruins of the castle are still found there today.

Important Dates for the Holgate family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holgate research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1481, 1555, 1545 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Holgate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holgate Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Holgate include Holgate, Holdgate, Howgate, Hogate and others.

Early Notables of the Holgate family (pre 1700)

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Holgate migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Holgate Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Martha Holgate, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [2]
  • James Holgate, who settled in Philadelphia in 1685
  • James Holgate, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685 [2]
Holgate Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Holgate, who settled in New England in 1748
Holgate Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Holgate, aged 15, who arrived in New York in 1864 [2]
  • John Holgate, aged 7, who arrived in New York in 1864 [2]
  • Mary Holgate, aged 13, who arrived in New York in 1864 [2]
  • Seth Holgate, who landed in New York in 1864 [2]
  • William Holgate, aged 47, who landed in New York in 1864 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Holgate (post 1700)

  • James Holgate, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Philadelphia County, 1868-69, 1879-80 [3]
  • Stephen Holgate (b. 1971), English rugby league player who played in the 1990s and 2000s
  • Sidney Holgate (1918-2003), English mathematician at the University of Durham
  • Sharon Ann Holgate Ph.D., English Freelance Science Writer and Broadcaster and Visiting Fellow in Physics and Astronomy at Sussex University
  • Harold Norman "Harry" Holgate AO (1933-1997), Australian Labor Party politician, 36th Premier of Tasmania (1981-1982), Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly (1975-1976)
  • Stephen Holgate (b. 1953), Australian composer
  • Edwin Headley Holgate (1892-1977), Canadian painter, who was briefly a member of the "Group of Seven" in 1931

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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