Houldword History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Houldword surname 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]."  The family is "from either Holdsworth in Eckington or Holdsworth in Ovenden."  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 Houldword family
The surname Houldword 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]." 
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. 
"Holsworthy, [Devon has a] market which is one of great antiquity ; and the chief fair was recorded in the time of Edward I. as having belonged to the ancestors of William Martyn from time immemorial." 
Early History of the Houldword family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houldword 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 Houldword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houldword Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Houldword are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Houldword include: Holdsworth, Holesworth, Houlsworth, Holdworth, Houldworth and many more.
Early Notables of the Houldword 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." 
Daniel Halsworth or Holdsworth (1558?-1595?)...
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Migration of the Houldword family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Houldword or a variant listed above: Seth Holdsworth, who settled in Barbados in 1675, and Scholas Houldsworth, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856.
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