Hoult History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Hoult family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living near a grove or woods. The surname Hoult originally derived from the Old English word holt which meant a "wood" or "grove."

Early Origins of the Hoult family

The surname Hoult was first found in Lancashire at Ashworth, a parochial chapelry, in the parish of Middleton, union of Bury, hundred of Salford. "A family named Ashworth was seated here as early as the 13th century, and appears to have been succeeded by the Holts: Richard Holt, an active supporter of the royal cause in the civil war, had his estate sequestrated in 1643; but it was afterwards restored." [1] An important branch of the family was found at Aston in Warwickshire. "The manor was purchased in 1366 from the heiress of de Maidenhach by John atte Holt, of Birmingham, and remained for many generations in the possession of his lineal descendants, of whom several were distinguished for their talents and for the important stations they occupied in society. Edward Holt, sheriff of the county in 1574, resided in the adjoining manor of Duddeston, there being at that time in Aston only an ancient house, probably of timber, situated on the bank of the river Tame near the church, and the site of which, now overgrown with trees, is discoverable only by part of the moat by which it was surrounded. On the demise of Edward Holt in 1593, the estate descended to his son Thomas, the most distinguished member of the family, who is represented by Dugdale as eminent for his literary acquirements. He was sheriff in 1600: on the arrival of James VI. of Scotland to assume the crown of England, he attended that monarch in his route from Yorkshire, where he received the honour of knighthood; and in 1612 he was created one of the order of baronets, then recently instituted. Sir Thomas Holt enclosed the park, and erected the present stately Hall of Aston, unrivalled in these parts for beauty and magnificence, which he commenced in 1618, and completed in 1635." [1]

Important Dates for the Hoult family

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Hoult Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hoult include Holte, Holt and others.

Early Notables of the Hoult family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Beauchamp de Holt, created Baron Kidderminster, by Richard III in 1387; Sir Thomas Holte, 1st Baronet (1571-1654), English owner of Aston Hall, Warwickshire; Sir Robert Holte, 2nd Baronet (?-1679); Sir Charles Holte, 3rd Baronet (1649-1722)...
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Migration of the Hoult family to Ireland

Some of the Hoult family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Hoult migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hoult or a variant listed above:

Hoult Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hoult, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607 [2]
  • Susanna Hoult, who arrived in Maryland in 1678-1679 [2]
Hoult Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Hoult, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [2]

Hoult migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hoult Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Hoult migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hoult Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Hoult, aged 34, a bricklayer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Rhoda Hoult, aged 30, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Hoult, aged 11, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Joseph Hoult, aged 9, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Samuel Hoult, aged 7, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hoult (post 1700)

  • Enoch Hoult (b. 1820), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Oregon State Constitutional Convention from Lane County, 1857 [4]
  • Colin Hoult (b. 1979), English comedy actor and writer in television, radio and theatre from Nottingham
  • Russell Hoult (b. 1972), former English professional football goalkeeper
  • Nicholas Caradoc Hoult (b. 1989), English actor and model, best known for his roles in the films About a Boy (2002), X-Men: First Class (2011) and Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
  • Norah Hoult (1898-1984), Irish author of novels and short stories
  • Joseph Hoult (1847-1917), British businessman and politician, founder of the shipping business Joseph Hoult & Co, on Castle Street, Liverpool


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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