Holt (surname)

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Holt is a surname.


Holt is a surname and placename, of Proto-Germanic origin and meaning a small grove of trees, or copse, or "a wood".[1] It comes into English from Anglo-Saxon (Wold) and is a near-synonym to "wood", which is also Anglo-Saxon. Those words are equivalent to the modern German words "Holz" and "Wald" respectively. It is also found in the Scandinavian languages in names or placenames, as Holt, or the more archaic Holdt and Holte in Danish; Holt in Norwegian and Icelandic, Hult or Hulte in Swedish, and even Hulti in Finnish (from Swedish). It is often used in combination with other words, such as Uhrenholdt ("ancient holt", a Danish last name taken from an estate) or Älghult ("elk holt"), a village and small art-glass factory in Småland, Sweden. In Sweden it is most common in and around Småland, including Älmhult, the site of IKEA store. Related German names include Holz, Holzman, Holzhauer, et al., and their anglicized equivalents which often insert a "t" between the "l" and the "z".

Holt is also a derivation of the Surname "Hoult", which may or may not be a circular derivation due to the possible origin of "Hoult", likely from Scandinavia rather than Germany because of its prominence in the north of England compared to the south.

Notable people named Holt (including alternative spellings and derivations)[edit]

Places with name Holt (or derivative forms)[edit]

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