Oldbey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Oldbey is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Holtby, a parish, in the wapentake of Bulmer, in the North Riding of Yorkshire near York. [1]

Early Origins of the Oldbey family

The surname Oldbey 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 Oldbey family

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

Oldbey Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Oldbey has been spelled many different ways, including Holtby, Holteby and others.

Early Notables of the Oldbey 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 Oldbey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Oldbey family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Oldbeys to arrive in North America: 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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