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HOLT Family HistoryRecorded in over forty spelling forms including Holt, Hoult (England), Holte, Holtzer, Holzer, Holzmann, Holtmann, Holting (Germany), Holdt and Holten (Danish and Norwegian, Hult (Swedish) and various compounds such as Holeberg (German) and Hultberg (Swedish) both meaning Wood Hill, the origin is probably either pre 7th century English or German or perhaps both. It can be either topographical or locational. As the former, the name was given to someone who lived in or by a wood or copse, derived from the word "holt", meaning wood. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages...
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