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Where did the English Holton family come from? What is the English Holton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Holton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Holton family history?

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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holton research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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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 settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1630
  • Jon Holton, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • Robert Holton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634
  • William Holton, who arrived in Hartford, Conn in 1634
  • John and Bartholomew Holton settled in Virginia in 1635

Holton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rowland Holton, who landed in New England in 1720
  • John and George Holton 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
  • Ellen Holton, aged 23, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • Sarah Holton, aged 4, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • Mary Ann Holton, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • Patrick Holton, who arrived in Iowa in 1874

Holton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Con Holton, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork
  • Mary Holton, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork

Holton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Charles Holton, aged 25, a shoemaker, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"
  • J.C. Holton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849


  • Robert A Holton Ph.D., American Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University
  • Gerald Holton Ph.D. (b. 1922), American Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics and Research Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University
  • Michael "Mike" David Holton (b. 1961), retired American professional basketball player
  • Abner Linwood "Woody" Holton III, Associate Professor of History at the University of Richmond in Virginia
  • Clifford Charles "Cliff" Holton (1929-1996), English footballer
  • Ruth Holton (b. 1961), English soprano singer
  • 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
  • Michael Holton, Secretary of Carnegie Trust
  • Margaret Lindsay Holton, Canadian poet
  • Gary Holton (1952-1985), British actor and musician from London



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.


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The Holton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holton 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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