The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Houldon come from when the family resided in one of the settlements called Holton in the counties of Dorset
. The surname Houldon belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Houldon family
The surname Houldon was first found in the Isle of Wight 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.
The family later settled in Wiltshire in the reign of James I (1567-1625) and held Farley Castle there at that time. Rev. Robert Houlton of Milton, Clevedon, Somerset, the promoter of the Suttonian method of variolation was a descendant of this line.
Early History of the Houldon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houldon research.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1720, 1696, 1700 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Houldon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houldon 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. Houldon has been recorded under many different variations, including Houlton, Holton and others.
Early Notables of the Houldon family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Jospeh Houlton Esq., of Trowbridge, (died 1720) High Sheriff
in 1696, her purchased from the Hungerford family in 1700... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houldon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houldon 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 Houldon or a variant listed above: John Holton settled in Virginia in 1635; along with Bartholomew; William Holton settled in Cambridge Mass in 1630; John and George Holton settled in Maryland in 1774..
The Houldon Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Semper fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful.
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