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

The first bearers of the distinguished surname Holl came to England in the great wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is occupational in origin, stemming from the primary activity of the bearer. It is derived from the Old French term "halle," which referred to a large manor house, and indicates that the original bearer of the name worked at the manor of the local Lord in some role such as a servant or chamberlain. Many of the Norman noblemen who came to England with William the Conqueror soon grew dissatisfied with William's rule; as such, members of the Holl family accepted land grants from King Malcolm Canmore of Scotland, and became prominent in that country.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hall, Halle, Haule, Haul, Hal, De Aule and others.

First found in Lincolnshire, England, where the family was granted lands after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Holl family is directly descended from Earl Fitzwilliam, who held a family seat at Greatford Hall in Lincolnshire, after the Norman Conquest. The younger son of this noble house, Arthur FitzWilliam, came to be known as "Hall" so as to distinguish him from his senior brother. Hence, Arthur Hall was the first known bearer of the name, appearing on record about the year 1090.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holl research. Another 465 words(33 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1600, 1574, 1656, 1613, 1668, 1662, 1668, 1610, 1665, 1669, 1654, 1656, 1619, 1667, 1654, 1660, 1637, 1690, 1688, 1690, 1620, 1687, 1627, 1656, 1646, 1672, 1716, 1715, 1716 and are included under the topic Early Holl History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 343 words(24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Holl family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holl Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Gotth Holl, who arrived in America in 1732
  • Hans Wendel Holl, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Isaac Holl, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Johannes Holl, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Hans Holl, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737


Holl Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Justus Holl, who arrived in America in 1834
  • Widow Holl, aged 25, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • A Marie Holl, aged 29, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Caver Holl, aged 43, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Philipp Holl, who arrived in North America in 1849


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The Holl Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holl 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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