Houldend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the name Houldend date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the county of Lancashire, where they held the estate of Holden in the parish of Haslingden.
Early Origins of the Houldend family
The surname Houldend was first found in Lancashire where "Holden was an estate in the parish of Haslingden. A family of that name early sprang from the place." .
" Lancashire is the great home of the Holdens. The ancient gentle family of the Holdens, of Holden, Haslingden, dates back to the 13th century; from it there branched off in the 16th century the Holdens of Todd Hall in the same parish. The Holdens of Ewood, Livesey, date back to the reign of Henry VIII. The Holdens of Aston, Derbyshire, who go back to the beginning of the 17th century, may hail from the Lancashire stock." 
Other early records include: Robert de Holden, Lancashire, listed there during the reign of Henry III; and Magota de Holdene who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls. The Wills at Chester list the following: Oliver Holden, of Haslingden, Lincolnshire in 1588; Adam Holden, of Spotland, Lancashire in 1596; and Catherine Holden, of Holden in 1685. The Preston Guild Rolls of 1642 list Ralph Holden de Holden. 
Important Dates for the Houldend family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houldend research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1285, 1596, 1662, 1765, 1844 and are included under the topic Early Houldend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houldend Spelling Variations
Houldend has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Houldend have been found, including Holden, Holdin, Holding, Houlden, Houldin, Howlin and many more.
Early Notables of the Houldend family (pre 1700)
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houldend Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houldend family to Ireland
Some of the Houldend family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 75 words (5 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 Houldend family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Houldends to arrive on North American shores: Randall Holden, who came to Rhode Island in 1630; Justinian Holden, who settled in New England in 1634; John Holden, who arrived in Virginia in 1637; Joane Holden, who came to Virginia in 1652.
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- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.