Holt Family History

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Holt Name Meaning

English, North German, Danish, and Norwegian: topographic name for someone who lived in or by a small wood, Middle English, Middle Low German, Danish, Norwegian holt, or a habitational name from one of the very many places named with this word. In England the surname is widely distributed, but rather more common in Lancashire than elsewhere. Shortened form of Dutch van Holt, a habitational name from places named Holt (see 1).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Holm, Hole, Holte, Halt, Host, Holdt, Holtz, Pott, Holl, Molt

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Holt Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Holt name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Holt. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Holt Family Origin

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Holt Family Occupations

What did your Holt ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Holt family was Labourer. Cotton Weaver, Farmer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Holt. The most common Holt occupation in the UK was Cotton Weaver. 3% of Holt's were Cotton Weavers.

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  • Cotton Weaver

  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Holt ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Holt Historical Records

What Holt family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 639,000 census records available for the last name Holt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Holt census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 61,000 immigration records available for the last name Holt. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 96,000 military records available for the last name Holt. For the veterans among your Holt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Holt Life Expectancy

What is the average Holt lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Holt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Holt in 1940 was 32, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Holt

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Holt ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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