Holit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Holit dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Kent where they were known as the dwellers at the hall or manor. [1]

Early Origins of the Holit family

The surname Holit was first found in Kent 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 Holit family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holit research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1690, 1628, 1689, 1628, 1652, 1652, 1656, 1722, 1656, 1683, 1687, 1713, 1691, 1744, 1691 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Holit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holit Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Holit have been found, including Hallett, Hallet, Hollett, Hollet, Hollitt and many more.

Early Notables of the Holit family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Joseph Hallett or Halet (1628?-1689), an English ejected minister, "born at Bridport, Dorsetshire, about 1628. He became by his own exertions a good Greek scholar and proficient in Hebrew. In 1652 he was ‘called to the work of the ministry’ at Hinton St. George, Somersetshire, a sequestered living, and was ordained to this charge on 28 Oct. 1652 in St. Thomas's Church, Salisbury, by the ‘classical presbytery of Sarum.’ " [2] His son, Joseph...
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Migration of the Holit family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Holit, or a variant listed above: John Hallett who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and five children and their servants (see above); Andrew Hallett settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635.



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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