Holroyd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Holroyd has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived as inhabitants inside a clearing in a wooded region. [1]

Early Origins of the Holroyd family

The surname Holroyd was first found in Sussex where Thomas and Andrew Holerode were listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1296. Later, Gilbert de Holrode was listed in the same rolls, but for Suffolk in 1327. [1]

Early History of the Holroyd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holroyd research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1709, 1735, 1821, 1708, 1778, 1735, 1760, 1763, 1766, 1768, 1769, 1735, 1821, 1781 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Holroyd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holroyd 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 Holroyd have been found, including Holroyd, Hollroyd, Ollroyd, Olroyd, Oldroyd and others.

Early Notables of the Holroyd family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Baker Holroyd first Earl of Sheffield (1735-1821), English statesman, second son of Isaac Holroyd (1708-1778), the representative of an old West Riding family which had migrated to Ireland in the reign of Charles II and acquired large estates there. " He was born in 1735, entered the army in 1760; and became captain in...
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Ireland Migration of the Holroyd family to Ireland

Some of the Holroyd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Holroyd migration to the United States +

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 Holroyd, or a variant listed above:

Holroyd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Holroyd who settled in Alexandria Virginia in 1819
  • Joseph Holroyd, who landed in Alexandria, Va in 1819 [2]
  • Sarah Holroyd and Husband and child settled in Philadelphia in 1820
  • Mark Holroyd, who arrived in New York in 1840 [2]
  • Stephen Holroyd, who arrived in New York in 1840 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Holroyd migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Holroyd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Holroyd, who arrived in Port Phillip aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849 [3]

New Zealand Holroyd migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Holroyd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Arthur T Holroyd, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843 aboard the ship Mary

Contemporary Notables of the name Holroyd (post 1700) +

  • Scott Powell Holroyd (b. 1975), American actor
  • William M. Holroyd, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 9th District, 1938, 1944; Chair of Wyoming County Republican Party, 1940-42 [4]
  • Simeon Holroyd, American Democratic Party politician, National Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 20th District, 1896 [4]
  • Robert E. Holroyd, American Democratic Party politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Mercer County; Elected 1964 [4]
  • Mrs. Jessie Holroyd, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1960 [4]
  • Emilie Holroyd, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 2000, 2004; Member of Democratic National Committee from West Virginia, 2004 [4]
  • Edwin Holroyd (1855-1914), English cricketer
  • Graham Holroyd (b. 1975), English rugby league player
  • Richard Leslie "Les" Holroyd (b. 1948), English bass guitarist, vocalist and songwriter
  • Chris Holroyd (b. 1986), English professional football player
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Arthur Holroyd (b. 1918), English Sailmakers Mate serving for the Royal Navy from Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [5]

The Holroyd 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: Quem te Deus esse jussit
Motto Translation: What God commands you to be.

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "MADAWASKA" 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Madawaska.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

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