The origins of the Oldword name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Yorkshire
, where they held manor at Haldsworth.
Early Origins of the Oldword family
The surname Oldword was first found in Yorkshire
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 Oldword family
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Oldword Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Oldword were recorded, including Holdsworth, Holesworth, Houlsworth, Holdworth, Houldworth and many more.
Early Notables of the Oldword family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oldword family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Oldword family emigrate to North America: Seth Holdsworth settled in Barbados in 1675; Scholas Houldsworth arrived in Philadelphia in 1856.