The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Houldgate come from when the family resided in the area of Holdgate
in Hereford. Holgate was also listed as a township in the suburbs of York at one time.
Early Origins of the Houldgate family
The surname Houldgate was first found in Shropshire
at Holdgate, Stanton Holdgate or Castle Holdgate, a small village which dates back to 1185 when it was listed as Castellum Hologoti and literally meant "castle of a man called Helgot", from an Old French personal name
+ the Latin castellum. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Holdgate (Holgate) Castle is situated in the village of Holdgate and was mentioned in the Domesday Book
. It was an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress founded by Helgot de Reisolent. Ruins of the castle are still found there today.
Early History of the Houldgate family
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Houldgate Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Houldgate has been recorded under many different variations, including Holgate, Holdgate, Howgate, Hogate and others.
Early Notables of the Houldgate family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Houldgate family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Houldgate or a variant listed above: James Holgate settled in Philadelphia in 1685; William Holgate settled in New England
in 1748; Mathew Holdgate settled with his daughter Mary in Philadelphia in 1685.