Houltby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Houltby name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Holtby, a parish, in the wapentake of Bulmer, in the North Riding of Yorkshire near York. [1]

Early Origins of the Houltby family

The surname Houltby was first found in Yorkshire at Holtby. The place dates back to at least the Domesday Book from 1086 [2] where it was listed as Holtebi or Boltebi and literally meant "farmstead or village of a man called Holti" derived from the Old Scandinavian personal name + by. [3]

Ainderby Mires with Holtby is a civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, and this civil parish also dates back to the Domesday Book [2] where it was listed as Eltebi or Heltebi.

The first record of the family was William de Holtebi who was listed in Yorkshire in the Pipe Rolls of 1208. William and John Holteby were listed in the Feet of Fines for Yorkshire in 1303 and then again in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1396. [4]

Early History of the Houltby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houltby research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1303, 1553, 1640, 1553, 1577 and 1578 are included under the topic Early Houltby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Houltby 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 Houltby include Holtby, Holteby and others.

Early Notables of the Houltby family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Father Richard Holtby (1553-1640), an English Jesuit Superior and Roman Catholic priest. He was born at Fryton, Yorkshire in 1553, was the second son of Lancelot Holtby of that place by Ellen [Butler] of Nunnington, in Ryedale, Yorkshire. "Holtby was a fellow-pupil with...
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houltby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Houltby family

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 Houltby or a variant listed above: William Holtby settled in Virginia in 1635; John Holtby settled in New England in 1648.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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