Holt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Holt is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Holt family once lived near a grove or woods. The surname Holt originally derived from the Old English word holt which meant a "wood" or "grove."

Early Origins of the Holt family

The surname Holt was first found in Lancashire at Ashworth, a parochial chapelry, in the parish of Middleton, union of Bury, hundred of Salford. "A family named Ashworth was seated here as early as the 13th century, and appears to have been succeeded by the Holts: Richard Holt, an active supporter of the royal cause in the civil war, had his estate sequestrated in 1643; but it was afterwards restored." [1] An important branch of the family was found at Aston in Warwickshire. "The manor was purchased in 1366 from the heiress of de Maidenhach by John atte Holt, of Birmingham, and remained for many generations in the possession of his lineal descendants, of whom several were distinguished for their talents and for the important stations they occupied in society. Edward Holt, sheriff of the county in 1574, resided in the adjoining manor of Duddeston, there being at that time in Aston only an ancient house, probably of timber, situated on the bank of the river Tame near the church, and the site of which, now overgrown with trees, is discoverable only by part of the moat by which it was surrounded. On the demise of Edward Holt in 1593, the estate descended to his son Thomas, the most distinguished member of the family, who is represented by Dugdale as eminent for his literary acquirements. He was sheriff in 1600: on the arrival of James VI. of Scotland to assume the crown of England, he attended that monarch in his route from Yorkshire, where he received the honour of knighthood; and in 1612 he was created one of the order of baronets, then recently instituted. Sir Thomas Holt enclosed the park, and erected the present stately Hall of Aston, unrivalled in these parts for beauty and magnificence, which he commenced in 1618, and completed in 1635." [1]

Important Dates for the Holt family

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Holt Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Holt family name include Holte, Holt and others.

Early Notables of the Holt family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Beauchamp de Holt, created Baron Kidderminster, by Richard III in 1387; Sir Thomas Holte, 1st Baronet (1571-1654), English owner of Aston Hall, Warwickshire; Sir Robert Holte, 2nd Baronet (?-1679); Sir Charles Holte, 3rd Baronet (1649-1722)...
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Migration of the Holt family to Ireland

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

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Holt surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Holt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Randall Holt, who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Randall Holt, who landed in Virginia in 1620 [2]
  • Randolph Holt, who arrived in Virginia in 1621 [2]
  • Nicholas Holt, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635 [2]
  • William Holt, who settled in the Somers Island in 1635
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Holt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Holt, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Ismaell Holt, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [2]
  • Joseph Holt, who landed in Barbados in 1712-1713 [2]
  • Mary Holt, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [2]
  • George Holt, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [2]
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Holt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gerh Holt, who landed in America in 1836 [2]
  • Neil J Holt, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849 [2]
  • James Holt, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [2]
  • Ole Holt, who landed in Texas in 1853 [2]
  • William Holt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864 [2]
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Holt migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Benjamin Holt, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Berry Holt, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Moses Holt U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
Holt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Orrin Holt, who arrived in Canada in 1839
  • Valentine Holt, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Holt migration to Australia

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

Holt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Holt, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Eleazer Holt, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Richard Holt, English Convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Ann Holt, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • Solomon Holt, aged 30, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"
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Holt 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:

Holt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Holt, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Nourmahal" arriving in Dunedin, Otaga, South Island, New Zealand on 5th May 1858 [7]
  • Robert Holt, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Mr. Holt, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th February 1859 [8]
  • Mrs. M. Holt, British settler with 4 children travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th February 1859 [8]
  • Mr. Robert Holt, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th February 1859 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Holt (post 1700)

  • Marjorie Sewell Holt (1920-2018), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland (1973-1987)
  • Matthew Francis Holt (1977-2017), American heavy metal singer
  • Helen Louise Froelich Holt (1913-2015), American politician, Secretary of State of West Virginia (1957-1959)
  • Nancy Holt (1938-2014), American artist most known for her public sculpture, installation art and land art
  • Andrew David "Andy" Holt (1904-1987), American educator, 16th President of the University of Tennessee
  • Col. Thomas Michael Holt (1831-1896), American industrialist and politician, 47th Governor of North Carolina (1891 to 1893)
  • David Jack Holt (1927-2003), American child actor
  • Torrance "Torry" Jabar Holt (b. 1976), former American college and professional NFL football wide receiver
  • Henry E. Holt (b. 1929), American astronomer who has discovered almost 700 asteroids, co-discoverer of periodic comets 121P/Shoemaker-Holt, 127P/Holt-Olmstead and 128P/Shoemaker-Holt
  • Benjamin Leroy Holt (1849-1920), American inventor who patented and manufactured the first practical crawler-type tread tractor, founder of The Holt Manufacturing Company in 1892
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Holt family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Robert Armor Holt, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Ronald Holt, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. John Edgar Holt, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John Francis Holt, British Ordnance Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Master William Robert Grattan Holt, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada going to Marlborough College in Wiltshire, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [12]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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