Origin of the Name Holt
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Holt
include Holtby, Holtham, Holtum, Holton, Holtorp, Hoult, Holte and Holter. Meaning 'at the Holt' this a locational name from someone who lived in or near a wooded area. This name is usually of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Henry de la Holte, Worcester, and a William del Holt, Yorkshire, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. A William atte Holte of Somerset was recorded in the ancient book 'Kirby's Quest' in the reign of Edward III. In Ireland the name Holt and its variants are mostly found in Ulster Province although Holt appears in records in County Cork as early as the fourteenth century. A famous bearer of the name in Ireland was Joseph Holt, one of the leaders of the 1798 rebellion.
The Holt coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Holt descendants.