Houldebey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Houldebey dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Holtby, a parish, in the wapentake of Bulmer, in the North Riding of Yorkshire near York. [1]

Early Origins of the Houldebey family

The surname Houldebey was first found in Yorkshire at Holtby. The place dates back to at least the Domesday Book from 1086 [2] where it was listed as Holtebi or Boltebi and literally meant "farmstead or village of a man called Holti" derived from the Old Scandinavian personal name + by. [3]

Ainderby Mires with Holtby is a civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, and this civil parish also dates back to the Domesday Book [2] where it was listed as Eltebi or Heltebi.

The first record of the family was William de Holtebi who was listed in Yorkshire in the Pipe Rolls of 1208. William and John Holteby were listed in the Feet of Fines for Yorkshire in 1303 and then again in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1396. [4]

Early History of the Houldebey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houldebey research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1303, 1553, 1640, 1553, 1577 and 1578 are included under the topic Early Houldebey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Houldebey 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 Houldebey have been found, including Holtby, Holteby and others.

Early Notables of the Houldebey family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Father Richard Holtby (1553-1640), an English Jesuit Superior and Roman Catholic priest. He was born at Fryton, Yorkshire in 1553, was the second son of Lancelot Holtby of that place by Ellen [Butler] of Nunnington, in Ryedale, Yorkshire. "Holtby was a fellow-pupil with...
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houldebey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Houldebey 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 Houldebey, or a variant listed above: William Holtby settled in Virginia in 1635; John Holtby settled in New England in 1648.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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