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

Holman is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is a name for a holy man who was a priest or friar. The surname Holman originally derived from the Old English word Hol or Hool. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

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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. Holman has been recorded under many different variations, including Holman, Hollman, Holeman and others.

First found in Worcestershire 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 Holman research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1593, 1669, 1659, 1638, 1633, 1700 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Holman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Holman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words(3 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 Holman or a variant listed above:

Holman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Holman settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1621
  • Edward Holman, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • John Holman, who settled in Nantasket Massachusetts in 1630
  • William Holman settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edward Holman settled in Boston in 1632


Holman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Solomon Holman, who landed in New England in 1703
  • Michael Holman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1794

Holman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph George Holman, who landed in America in 1812
  • John W Holman, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Isaac Holman, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • John Holman, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1842
  • Matthew Holman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854


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  • John Holman (1918-1975), American NASCAR owner
  • Rufus Cecil Holman (1877-1959), American politician, U.S. Senator from Oregon (1939-45)
  • Frank Ezekiel Holman (1886-1967), American Rhodes Scholar attorney
  • Bill Holman (b. 1927), American jazz arranger
  • Major-General Jonathan Lane Holman (1897-1975), American Assistant to the Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (1948)
  • Ralph Milo Holman (1914-2013), American attorney and judge, 74th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court (1965-1980)
  • Mr. Harry Holman, aged 27, English Able Seaman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 7


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  • Early Carolina Heilmans (Hallmans-Holmans) 1736-1800 by Elmer Berley Hallman.
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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Holman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holman 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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