Houldsworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Houldsworth dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the historic county of Yorkshire, where they held a manor at Holdsworth. Actually, "there are two Holdsworths in the West Riding [of Yorkshire]." [1] The family is "from either Holdsworth in Eckington or Holdsworth in Ovenden." [2] Today we cannot locate the place in Eckington, but Holdsworth House is in Ovenden, just outside of Halifax. Holdsworth House was built c. 1598, but was not held by the family.

Early Origins of the Houldsworth family

The surname Houldsworth was first found in Yorkshire where John de Haldeworth, was the first listed of the family in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The family had many name changes "from Haldeworth or Haldsworth in the 13th century, to Holdsworth or Houldsworth in the 19th [century]." [3]

As one might suspect the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 including some of the early spellings: Johannes Haldeworthe, of Leathley; Ricardus de Haldeworthe, of Southowrara; and Johannes de Haleworth, sittor. All held land there at that time. [3]

Early History of the Houldsworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houldsworth research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1374, 1495, 1613, 1593, 1595, 1596, 1602, 1590, 1649, 1590, 1596, 1558, 1595, 1558, 1583, 1595, 1684, 1746 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Houldsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Houldsworth 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 Houldsworth have been found, including Holdsworth, Holesworth, Houlsworth, Holdworth, Houldworth and many more.

Early Notables of the Houldsworth family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Holdsworth (1590-1649), English theologian, the youngest son of the Reverend Richard Holdsworth, vicar of Newcastle-on-Tyne, where he was born in 1590. "His father died in 1596, leaving his child to the care of a son-in-law, the Rev. William Pearson or Pierson, who was curate and lecturer in the parish church of Newcastle." [4] Daniel Halsworth or Holdsworth (1558?-1595?)...
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houldsworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Houldsworth migration to the United States +

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 Houldsworth, or a variant listed above:

Houldsworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Samuel Houldsworth, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [5]
Houldsworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Scholas Houldsworth, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856
  • Emily Houldsworth, aged 27, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1897
Houldsworth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emma Houldsworth, aged 35, who settled in America from Bradford, England, in 1906
  • Ambrose Houldsworth, aged 58, who immigrated to America from Salford, England, in 1907
  • Lewis Henry Houldsworth, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from Beeston, England, in 1909
  • Samuel Houldsworth, aged 24, who immigrated to America from Nottingham, England, in 1911
  • Louis Henry Houldsworth, aged 33, who landed in America from Sudbury, England, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Houldsworth (post 1700) +

  • Sir William Henry Houldsworth (1834-1917), 1st Baronet, an English mill-owner, Conservative MP for Manchester North West (1883 to 1906)
  • Freddie Charlton Houldsworth (1911-1994), English footballer
  • Thomas Houldsworth (1771-1852), English politician
  • Sir Richard Thomas Reginald Houldsworth (b. 1947), 5th Baronet
  • Sir Reginald Douglas Henry Houldsworth (1903-1989), 4th Baronet
  • Sir William Thomas Reginald Houldsworth (1874-1960), 3rd Baronet
  • Sir Henry Hamilton Houldsworth (1867-1947), 2nd Baronet
  • Margaret Marshall Houldsworth (1839-1909), British campaigner for women's education and philanthropist


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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