Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Oldrake is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Holdich, Norfolk
. This locale cannot be found today, but was listed pre 1700.
Early Origins of the Oldrake family
The surname Oldrake was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Oldrake family
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Oldrake 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. Oldrake has been spelled many different ways, including Holditch, Holdich, Holdrich, Holdridge, Hilditch and many more.
Early Notables of the Oldrake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oldrake family to the New World and Oceana
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 Oldrakes to arrive in North America: Richard Holdick who settled in Virginia in 1650; J. and H. Holdridge settled in Philadelphia in 1822.