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The name Oldbury has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived as inhabitants in a wooded region.

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The surname Oldbury 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.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Oldbury have been found, including Holtby, Holteby and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldbury research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1303, 1553 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Oldbury History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oldbury Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oldbury Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Oldbury arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "SS British King" in 1884
  • Sarah Oldbury arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "SS British King" in 1884
  • Harriet Oldbury arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "SS British King" in 1884

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  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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  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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The Oldbury Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oldbury Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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