Olroit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Olroit comes from the family having resided as inhabitants inside a clearing in a wooded region. 
Early Origins of the Olroit family
The surname Olroit was first found in Sussex where Thomas and Andrew Holerode were listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1296. Later, Gilbert de Holrode was listed in the same rolls, but for Suffolk in 1327. 
Early History of the Olroit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olroit research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1709, 1735, 1821, 1708, 1778, 1735, 1760, 1763, 1766, 1768, 1769, 1735, 1821, 1781 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Olroit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Olroit Spelling Variations
Olroit has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Holroyd, Hollroyd, Ollroyd, Olroyd, Oldroyd and others.
Early Notables of the Olroit family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Baker Holroyd first Earl of Sheffield (1735-1821), English statesman, second son of Isaac Holroyd (1708-1778), the representative of an old West Riding family which had migrated to Ireland in the reign of Charles II and acquired large estates there. " He was born in 1735, entered the army in 1760; and became captain in...
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Migration of the Olroit family to Ireland
Some of the Olroit family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Olroit family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Olroits to arrive on North American shores: Joseph Holroyd who settled in Alexandria Virginia in 1819; Sarah Holroyd and Husband and child settled in Philadelphia in 1820; Benton Holrode settled in Pennsylvania in 1872.
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The Olroit Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Quem te Deus esse jussit
Motto Translation: What God commands you to be.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)