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Holt Family History

Holt Name Meaning

English North German Dutch Danish and Norwegian: topographic name for someone who lived in or by a small wood from Middle English Middle Low German Danish and Norwegian holt or a habitational name from one of the many places called with this word. In England the surname is widely distributed but more common in Lancashire and Yorkshire than elsewhere.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Holt family from?

You can see how Holt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Holt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Holt families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 114 Holt families living in Tennessee. This was about 10% of all the recorded Holt's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Holt families in 1840.
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What did your Holt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Holt. 17% of Holt men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Holt women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Holt were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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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.

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