Holtown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient roots of the Holtown family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Holtown comes from when the family lived in one of the settlements called Holton in the counties of Dorset, Suffolk and Somerset. The surname Holtown 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 Holtown family

The surname Holtown 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.

Important Dates for the Holtown family

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

Holtown Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Holtown has appeared include Houlton, Holton and others.

Early Notables of the Holtown 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 Holtown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Holtown family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Holtown arrived in North America very early: 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..

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