My name is Peter Locke Holt and I live in Telford, England. I am originally from Wrexham in North East Wales and the fifth generation to have Locke as a middle name.
The name is given to the first born son of the first born son and the original Locke Holt was just that, plain (?) old Locke Holt, he came from Leigh in Lancashire and was a foundry worker who eventually owned his own foundry in Wrexham in the 1870's.
It's such an unusual name I was quite surprised to see it elsewhere, could it be coincidence or a family connection?

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Comment by Chris Dunham on February 1, 2012 at 4:52am

I suspect that this is just a coincidence. The Locke families in this area originated in southern New Hampshire, while the Holts first settled in northeastern Massachusetts. I suppose it was inevitable that the families crossed paths and produced a "Locke Holt."

Comment by Peter Locke Holt on February 28, 2012 at 1:11pm
I appreciate and thank you for your reply but you seem to use the Locke name as a surname, whereas my name is a forename.
Comment by Chris Dunham on February 28, 2012 at 1:27pm

Yes, it became common in the 19th century to use surnames as second forenames. I wouldn't be surprised if the parents of John Locke Holt had a relative or acquaintance named "John Locke." In some cases, the first forename would be dropped. A man from my hometown was named "Thomas Jefferson Needham," but was known as "Jefferson."


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