Show ContentsHolsinger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name is a shortened form of the Middle Low German word "holtsate," meaning "one who dwells in the woods." Holstein, was the name of a German region as well as of several villages, and in turn, some bearers of this name no doubt derived their name from the place names.

Early Origins of the Holsinger family

The surname Holsinger was first found in Germany, where the name Holsinger came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.

Early History of the Holsinger family

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Holsinger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Holst, Holste, Holsten, Holster, Holstein and many more.

Early Notables of the Holsinger family

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Holsinger Ranking

In the United States, the name Holsinger is the 9,556th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

United States Holsinger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holsinger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Magdelina Holsinger, aged 26, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731 2
  • Rudolph Holsinger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 2
  • Bernard Holsinger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750-1751 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Holsinger (post 1700) +

  • David R. Holsinger (b. 1945), American composer and conductor
  • James Wilson Holsinger Jr. (b. 1939), American physician
  • Samuel J. Holsinger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1912 3
  • Carl Holsinger, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 59th District, 1998; Chair of St. Joseph County Democratic Party, 2003 3

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