Holton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Holton surname lived in one of the settlements called Holton in the counties of Dorset, Suffolk and Somerset. The surname Holton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Holton family

The surname Holton was first found in the Isle of Wight 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.

The family later settled in Wiltshire in the reign of James I (1567-1625) and held Farley Castle there at that time. Rev. Robert Houlton of Milton, Clevedon, Somerset, the promoter of the Suttonian method of variolation was a descendant of this line.

Early History of the Holton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holton research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1720, 1696, 1700 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Holton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holton 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 Holton 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 Holton include: Houlton, Holton and others.

Early Notables of the Holton family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Jospeh Houlton Esq., of Trowbridge, (died 1720) High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1696, her purchased from the Hungerford family in 1700...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Holton 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 Holton or a variant listed above:

Holton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Holton, who settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1630
  • Jon Holton, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 [1]
  • Robert Holton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634 [1]
  • William Holton, who arrived in Hartford, Connecticut in 1634 [1]
  • John and Bartholomew Holton, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Holton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Rowland Holton, who landed in New England in 1720 [1]
  • John and George Holton, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Holton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Holton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830 [1]
  • Ellen Holton, aged 23, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [1]
  • Sarah Holton, aged 4, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [1]
  • Mary Ann Holton, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [1]
  • Patrick Holton, who arrived in Iowa in 1874 [1]

Canada Holton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Con Holton, aged 45, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Holton, aged 40, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland

Australia Holton migration to Australia +

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

Holton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Charles Holton, aged 25, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside" [2]
  • J.C. Holton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849 [2]
  • Mr. William Holton, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the ""Blenheim"" on 24th July 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Holton (post 1700) +

  • Abner Linwood "Woody" Holton III, Associate Professor of History at the University of Richmond in Virginia
  • Michael "Mike" David Holton (b. 1961), retired American professional basketball player
  • Gerald Holton Ph.D. (b. 1922), American Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics and Research Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University
  • Robert A Holton Ph.D., American Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University
  • Ruth Holton (b. 1961), English soprano singer
  • Clifford Charles "Cliff" Holton (1929-1996), English footballer
  • Patrick "Pat" Carr Holton (1935-2014), Scottish footballer who played from 1955 to 1969
  • Luther Hamilton Holton (1817-1880), Quebec businessman and political figure
  • James Alan "Jim" Holton (1951-1993), Scottish footballer
  • Gary Holton (1952-1985), British actor and musician from London
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Master Benjamin R. H. Holton, English Steward's Young Assistant from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping on wreckage [4]

The Holton 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: Semper fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CHEAPSIDE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cheapside.htm
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

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