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

Holloway is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived as inhabitants at the hollow-way or holy way. Holloway is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Holloway has been recorded under many different variations, including Holloway, Hollway, Holoway, Hollaway and others.

First found in Middlesex at Holloway, a district in the parish of Islington, Finsbury division of the hundred of Ossulstone. Today, it is part of Greater London. There are a few different possible origins of the place name but the generally accepted origin is from the Old English words hol + weg which evolved to mean "the road with a hollow." [1] One of the first listings of the district was in 1307, when it was listed as Le Holeweye.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holloway research. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1826, 1684, 1666, 1734, 1720, 1734, 1722, 1723 and are included under the topic Early Holloway History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 87 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holloway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Holloway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 119 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Holloway or a variant listed above:

Holloway Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Eadie Holloway settled with Elizabeth and Joe in Virginia in 1635
  • Edmond Holloway, aged 17, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Eedie Holloway, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Elizabeth Holloway, aged 26, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Holloway, aged 21, arrived in New England in 1635


Holloway Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Briggs Holloway settled in Boston in 1765
  • William Holloway settled in Maryland in 1775
  • James Holloway, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Holloway Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Holloway, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Henry Holloway, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1896

Holloway Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Philip Holloway, who landed in New York in 1910

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  • Admiral James Lemuel Holloway Jr. (1898-1984), Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy from 1947 to 1950; Chief of Naval personnel from 1953 to 1957; commander in chief of all United States naval forces in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean from 1957 to 1959
  • Brenda Holloway (b. 1946), American singer and songwriter
  • Josh Holloway (b. 1969), American television and film actor
  • Ralph Holloway (b. 1935), American physical anthropologist
  • James W. "Red" Holloway (b. 1927), American jazz tenor saxophonist
  • William Judson Holloway Jr. (1923-2014), American jurist, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (1984-1991)
  • Mr. Sidney Holloway (d. 1912), aged 20, English Clothes Presser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Stanley Augustus Holloway OBE (1890-1982), English stage and film actor, comedian and singer
  • Philip North Holloway CMG (1917-2003), New Zealand politician of the Labour Party
  • Sir Barry Holloway (1935-2013), Australian-born Papua New Guinean politician, Speaker of the National Parliament (19721977)


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Holloway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holloway 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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