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 as inhabitants in a wooded region.

Early Origins of the Houltby family

The surname Houltby was first found in Yorkshire at Holtby, a village and civil parish near York. The place dates back to at least the Domesday Book [1] 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. [2] 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 [1] where it was listed as Eltebi or Heltebi.

Important Dates for the Houltby family

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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)

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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. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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