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The origins of the Holsworth name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Yorkshire, where they held manor at Haldsworth.

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The surname Holsworth was first found in Yorkshire 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.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Holsworth were recorded, including Holdsworth, Holesworth, Houlsworth, Holdworth, Houldworth and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holsworth research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Holsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Holsworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Holsworth family emigrate to North America: Seth Holdsworth settled in Barbados in 1675; Scholas Houldsworth arrived in Philadelphia in 1856.

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  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Holsworth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holsworth Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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