Holitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Holitt surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the county of Kent where they were known as the dwellers at the hall or manor. [1]

Early Origins of the Holitt family

The surname Holitt 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 Holitt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holitt 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 Holitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holitt 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 Holitt include Hallett, Hallet, Hollett, Hollet, Hollitt and many more.

Early Notables of the Holitt 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 Holitt family

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: 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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