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

Although the Scottish Hollifield surname is known to derive from the Medieval Latin word "olifantus," meaning "elephant," its origins as a surname are quite uncertain. David de Olifard is the progenitor of the House of Oliphant. He was one of the many Anglo-Norman nobles that were invited northward by the early Norman kings of Scotland. He settled in Northamptonshire, but when he saved King David I during the siege of Winchester Castle, he received a small grant of lands in Roxeburghshire. Under later rulers, the Oliphant lands were significantly extended as King Malcolm granted the family Bothwell in Lanarkshire and King William I granted them Arbuthnott in Mearns.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Oliphant, Olifant, Olifard and others.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where William Oliphant is recorded in the Ragman Rolls, as he was taken prisoner at Rochester in 1296. He was then forced to swear allegiance to King Edward I of England during the latter's brief conquest of Scotland. However, eight years later, he was appointed Warden of Stirling Castle by Robert the Bruce of Scotland to whom he had willingly pledged allegiance. And yet Edward of England again took him prisoner.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollifield research. Another 352 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1456, 1498, 1583, 1631, 1680, 1691, 1715, 1725, 1745, 1748, 1767, 1780, and 1792 are included under the topic Early Hollifield History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 81 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hollifield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hollifield Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Kate Hollifield, aged 61, who emigrated to America from Newark, New Jersey in 1922
  • Kate Hollifield, aged 61, who settled in Newark, New Jersey in 1922

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  • Scott Hollifield, American editor, general manager and columnist for The McDowell News, Marion, North Carolina


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tout pour voir
Motto Translation: Provide for all

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