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 Holster family
The surname Holster was first found in Germany
, where the name Holster 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 Holster family
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Holster Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Holst, Holste, Holsten, Holster, Holstein and others.
Early Notables of the Holster family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holster family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Lowrens Holst, who came to New York in 1690 and Franz Holste, who arrived in New Orleans in 1843.