Ouldsword History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Ouldsword is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the historic county of Yorkshire, where they held a manor at Holdsworth. Actually, "there are two Holdsworths in the West Riding [of Yorkshire]."  The family is "from either Holdsworth in Eckington or Holdsworth in Ovenden."  Today we cannot locate the place in Eckington, but Holdsworth House is in Ovenden, just outside of Halifax. Holdsworth House was built c. 1598, but was not held by the family.
Early Origins of the Ouldsword family
The surname Ouldsword was first found in Yorkshire where John de Haldeworth, was the first listed of the family in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The family had many name changes "from Haldeworth or Haldsworth in the 13th century, to Holdsworth or Houldsworth in the 19th [century]." 
As one might suspect the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 including some of the early spellings: Johannes Haldeworthe, of Leathley; Ricardus de Haldeworthe, of Southowrara; and Johannes de Haleworth, sittor. All held land there at that time. 
"Holsworthy, [Devon has a] market which is one of great antiquity ; and the chief fair was recorded in the time of Edward I. as having belonged to the ancestors of William Martyn from time immemorial." 
Early History of the Ouldsword family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ouldsword research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1374, 1495, 1613, 1593, 1595, 1596, 1602, 1590, 1649, 1590, 1596, 1558, 1595, 1558, 1583, 1595, 1684, 1746 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Ouldsword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ouldsword 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. Ouldsword has been spelled many different ways, including Holdsworth, Holesworth, Houlsworth, Holdworth, Houldworth and many more.
Early Notables of the Ouldsword family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Richard Holdsworth (1590-1649), English theologian, the youngest son of the Reverend Richard Holdsworth, vicar of Newcastle-on-Tyne, where he was born in 1590. "His father died in 1596, leaving his child to the care of a son-in-law, the Rev. William Pearson or Pierson, who was curate and lecturer in the parish church of Newcastle." 
Daniel Halsworth or Holdsworth (1558?-1595?)...
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Migration of the Ouldsword 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 Ouldswords to arrive in North America: Seth Holdsworth, who settled in Barbados in 1675, and Scholas Houldsworth, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856.
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