Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Holtoomb is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in one of the settlements called Holton in the counties of Dorset
. The surname Holtoomb 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 Holtoomb family
The surname Holtoomb 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 Holtoomb family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holtoomb research.Another 320 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1720, 1696, 1700 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Holtoomb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Holtoomb Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Holtoomb has been spelled many different ways, including Houlton, Holton and others.
Early Notables of the Holtoomb family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Jospeh Houlton Esq., of Trowbridge, (died 1720) High Sheriff
in 1696, her purchased from the Hungerford family in 1700... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holtoomb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Holtoomb family to Ireland
Some of the Holtoomb family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Holtoomb family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Holtoombs to arrive in North America: John Holton settled in Virginia in 1635; along with Bartholomew; William Holton settled in Cambridge Mass in 1630; John and George Holton settled in Maryland in 1774..
The Holtoomb 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.