Holte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the name Holte date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Holte family lived near a grove or woods. The surname Holte originally derived from the Old English word holt which meant a "wood" or "grove." 
Early Origins of the Holte family
The surname Holte 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." 
Hugo de Holte was a Knights Templar in Kent in 1185 and later Simon del Holt was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Warwickshire in 1230. Walter in the Holte was found in Somerset in 1260 and Hugh atte Holte was in Surrey in 1268. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Henry de la Holte, Worcestershire, and William del Holt, Yorkshire. 
In Somerset, William atte Holte and Walter atte Holte were both listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) 
"The Holts, of [Buckinghamshire], are, for the most part, gathered together in and around Aylesbury. The name occurred as Le Holt in the county six centuries ago, and also in the eastern counties of Norfolk, Essex, and Kent. Lancashire is also another great home of the name of Holt, which also extends into Cheshire." 
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." 
Early History of the Holte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holte research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1597, 1640, 1713, 1387, 1418, 1578, 1624, 1578, 1545, 1599, 1545, 1642, 1710, 1689, 1642, 1571, 1654, 1679, 1649, 1722, 1682, 1729, 1616, 1686, 1654 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Holte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Holte Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Holte are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Holte include: Holte, Holt and others.
Early Notables of the Holte family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Beauchamp de Holt, created Baron Kidderminster, by Richard III in 1387.
John Holt (d. 1418), the English judge, "was a native and landowner of Northamptonshire, and his name occurs in the year-books from the fortieth year of Edward III onwards. In the last year of that reign he became a king's serjeant." 
Thomas Holt (1578?-1624), was an architect, a native of York, born about 1578, is noteworthy for the important works in Renaissance architecture executed by him at Oxford. 
William Holt (1545-1599), was a Jesuit, was born at Ashworth in Lancashire in 1545. 
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Migration of the Holte family to Ireland
Some of the Holte family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Holte migration to the United States +
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Holte or a variant listed above:
Holte Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Nicholas Holte, who settled in New England in 1635
- Nicholos Holte, who landed in New England in 1635 
Holte Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jean Holte, who landed in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782 
Holte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joh Friedch Holte, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 
- Ole Jansen Holte, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852 
Contemporary Notables of the name Holte (post 1700) +
- Sir Charles Holte (1721-1782), 6th Baronet of Aston, Warwickshire
- Sir Lister Holte (1720-1770), 5th Baronet of Aston, Warwickshire
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The Holte 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: Exaltavit humiles
Motto Translation: He hath exalted the humble.
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