Hotholm History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Hotholm dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Holtham or Houghham in Lincolnshire.

Today, Hotham is a small village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, where "the manor was for many generations the property of the Hotham family." [1]

The name is "assumed from the place of residence, Hotham in Yorkshire, probably derived from the Saxon word Hod, a hood or covering, and ham, a house, farm, or village, or a piece of ground near a house or village, both of which terms are applicable to the situation of Hotham. Houtham signifies a place at or near a wood, from the Dutch Hout, a wood." [2]

Early Origins of the Hotholm family

The surname Hotholm was first found in Yorkshire, where they claim descent from "Peter de Trehouse, who assumed the local name of Hotham, and was living in the year 1188." [3]

The brisk winds of time have dusted off some rather interesting entries about the Hotholm family. Robert de Hotham was found in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1202 and later, Walter de Hothum was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1327. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included only one entry for the family, that of Robert de Hothum, Yorkshire. John de Hotham was Bishop of Ely, 19 Edward I (during the 19th year of King Edward I's reign.) [5]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 also had only one entry for the family, Johannes de Hothum. [6]

William of Hothum, also called Hodon and Odone, (d. 1298), was "Archbishop of Dublin, an Englishman who joined the Dominican order, and studied at Paris at the convent of the Jacobins, and became licentiate of theology in 1280, and afterwards doctor. He is often identified with the William de Hothum who was a fellow of Merton College, Oxford, in 1286; but this William is more probably a kinsman who between 1302 and 1306 was a prebendary of Swords in St. Patrick's, Dublin." [7]

John Hothum or Hotham (d. 1337), was Bishop of Ely and Chancellor, "a younger son of a good Yorkshire family, was a clerk in the service of Edward II, and was when rector of Cottingham in Yorkshire appointed Chancellor of the Irish Exchequer in 1309, and the next year received from the king a prebend at York, and held the office of escheator beyond the Trent." [7]

Early History of the Hotholm family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hotholm research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1316, 1584, 1617, 1621, 1736, 1813, 1765, 1806, 1855, 1615, 1672, 1622, 1645, 1632, 1689, 1655, 1691, 1663, 1723, 1693, 1738, 1767, 1610, 1645, 1584, 1610, 1663, 1617 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Hotholm History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hotholm Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hotholm have been found, including Hotham, Hothan, Hothum, Hothun and others.

Early Notables of the Hotholm family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Charles Hotham (ca. 1615-1672), an English cleric. The Hotham Baronets of Scorborough in the County of York, was created in the Baronetage of England in 1622. The family seat is Dalton Hall, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire. The boronets include: Sir John Hotham, 1st Baronet, of Scorborough (died 1645), English parliamentarian; Sir John Hotham, 2nd Baronet (1632-1689), an English politician; Sir John Hotham, 3rd Baronet (1655-1691), an English politician; Sir Charles Hotham, 4th Baronet (c. 1663-1723); Sir Charles Hotham, 5th Baronet (1693-1738); Sir Charles Hotham, 6th...
Another 90 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hotholm Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hotholm family to Ireland

Some of the Hotholm family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hotholm family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hotholm, or a variant listed above: John Hotham, who sailed to Virginia in 1715; Richard Hotham to Philadelphia in 1774; Ann Hotham to New York with her child in 1820; and S. Hothan to Savannah, Georgia in 1820..



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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