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Where did the English Holland family come from? What is the English Holland family crest and coat of arms? When did the Holland family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Holland family history?

The ancestors of the name Holland date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in an enclosed region. The surname Holland originally derived from the Old English word hough which referred to a small protected space.


Holland has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Holland, Holand and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holland research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1400, 1374, 1400, 1370, 1405, 1384, 1408, 1400, 1407, 1403, 1406, 1408, 1661, 1654, 1656, 1603, 1701, 1640, 1599, 1671, 1658, 1722, 1695 and are included under the topic Early Holland History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 505 words(36 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Holland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hollands to arrive on North American shores:

Holland Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Holland settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Gabriel Holland settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Gabriell Holland, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Holland settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Abram Holland, aged 19, arrived in Barbados in 1635

Holland Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Holland, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Symond Holland, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Richard Holland, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • Johannes Holland, who arrived in America in 1723
  • Johan Ernst Holland, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752

Holland Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Holland, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812
  • Chas Holland, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • James Holland, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • William Holland, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • John Holland, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836


  • Bill Holland (1907-1984), American race car driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1949
  • John Philip Holland (1840-1914), American engineer who developed the first submarine to be formally commissioned by the U.S. Navy
  • Steve Holland (1925-1997), American actor perhaps best known for his role as Flash Gordon in the 1954 television series of the same name
  • Brian Holland (b. 1941), American composer and record producer
  • Eddie Holland (b. 1939), American composer
  • Jerome H. Holland (1916-1985), American university president and diplomat, the first African American to play football at Cornell University in 1939, Ambassador to Sweden (1970-1972), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Brigadier-General Thomas Leroy Holland (1879-1944), American Commanding Officer Atlanta Quartermaster Depot (1942-1943)
  • Milton Murray Holland (1844-1910), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm
  • William Holland (1874-1930), American Olympian who won a silver medal at the 1900 games
  • Mr. Thomas Holland (d. 1912), aged 28, English Reception Steward from Liverpool, Lancashire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking



  • Gone to Texas: A Compendium of the Dulaney, Haddox, Heaton, Holland and Martin Families by Mary Rebecca Scott.

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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  11. ...

The Holland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holland Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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