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

The name Hollinshead is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the region of Hollingside or Holmside in Durham.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hollinshead has been spelled many different ways, including Hollinshed, Holinshed, Hollinshead, Holinshead, Hollingshead, Holingshead, Hollins, Holins, Hollings and many more.

First found in Cheshire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollinshead research. Another 306 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1577 and 1580 are included under the topic Early Hollinshead History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 32 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hollinshead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hollinsheads to arrive in North America:

Hollinshead Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John and Grace Hollinshead, who came to West Jersey, from London, in circa 1678
  • John Hollinshead, who arrived in New Jersey in 1678
  • Joseph Hollinshead, who landed in Maryland in 1684
  • Joseph Hollinshead, who arrived at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685

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  • Cyril Hollinshead (1902-1995), English cricketer
  • Shaun Hollinshead (b. 1961), former English footballer
  • Reg Hollinshead (1924-2013), British racehorse and jockey trainer


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  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Hollinshead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hollinshead 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.

This page was last modified on 7 May 2013 at 10:18.

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