HOLTHAM Family History
Recorded as Holtham, Holttom, Holtam, Holtom, Houltham, and others, this is a typical English village name of the medieval period. Holtham is a village near the town of Alton, in the county of Hampshire. The origination is from the pre 7th century Olde English words "holh" meaning a valley or hollow, and either "ham" a house or farm or the interchangeable "tun", a farm or settlement. Locational surnames of this type were usually given to people as easy identification after they left their own village and moved elsewhere.