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Origins of the Holt surname

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What does the name Holt mean?

Holt is an English surname. It is based on the Middle English 'holt' (wooded hill) and has topographical origins. It would be given to those people who lived in or near a wood, or on a wooded hill. The word 'holt' was in common use in the medieval period, and can be found in Chaucer's 'Canterbury tales'.

Alternative variations of the name Holt

Holt, Hold, Hollt, Holde, Helt

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Where do most Holts live?

In 1921, most Holts lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Holts

How common is your surname?

199th most common surname in the UK

We have 194,000 records for the Holt surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Holts most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Holt first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Holts

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Holts in 1921
Cotton Weaver




Weaver Cotton


Cotton Winder




Common Male occupations for Holts in 1921
Cotton Weaver


Coal Miner


General Labourer






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