Oldbay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Oldbay is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Holtby, a parish, in the wapentake of Bulmer, in the North Riding of Yorkshire near York. [1]

Early Origins of the Oldbay family

The surname Oldbay 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 Oldbay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldbay 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 Oldbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Oldbay 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 Oldbay 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Oldbay include: Holtby, Holteby and others.

Early Notables of the Oldbay 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...
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Migration of the Oldbay 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 Oldbay 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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