The ancient roots of the Houldige family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Houldige comes from when the family lived in Holdich, Norfolk
. This locale cannot be found today, but was listed pre 1700.
Early Origins of the Houldige family
The surname Houldige was first found in Devon
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.
Early History of the Houldige family
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Houldige 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 Houldige has appeared include Holditch, Holdich, Holdrich, Holdridge, Hilditch and many more.
Early Notables of the Houldige family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Houldige family to the New World and Oceana
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 Houldige arrived in North America very early: Richard Holdick who settled in Virginia in 1650; J. and H. Holdridge settled in Philadelphia in 1822.