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The ancestors of the name Holland date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in an enclosed region. The surname Holland originally derived from the Old English word hough which referred to a small protected space.

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The surname Holland was first found in Lancashire at Thingwall, a detached hamlet, in the township of Little Woolton, parish of Childwall, union and hundred of West Derby. "Thyngwall was given in exchange by King John to an individual whose name is not now on record. In the following reign Richard, son of Thurston de Holland, held a carucate of land here 'of our lord the king,' for one mark, in exchange for his inheritance in Snodden (Smithden), 'which the king placed in his own forest.'" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Another branch was found at Dalbury in Derbyshire in early times. " In the reign of Edward II. Dalbury and Lees were the property of Sir Robert Holland." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Holland has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Holland, Holand and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holland research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1400, 1374, 1400, 1370, 1405, 1384, 1408, 1400, 1407, 1403, 1406, 1408, 1661, 1654, 1656, 1603, 1701, 1640, 1599, 1671, 1658, 1722, 1695 and are included under the topic Early Holland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include John Holland, 1st Duke of Exeter ( c. 1352-1400), 1st Earl of Huntingdon, English nobleman, primarily remembered for helping cause the downfall of Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester and then for conspiring against Henry IV; Thomas Holland, (1374-1400), 1st Duke of Surrey...

Another 211 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Holland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hollands to arrive on North American shores:

Holland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Holland settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Gabriel Holland settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Gabriell Holland, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Holland settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Abram Holland, aged 19, arrived in Barbados in 1635
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Holland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Holland, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Symond Holland, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Richard Holland, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • Johannes Holland, who arrived in America in 1723
  • Johan Ernst Holland, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
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Holland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Holland, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812
  • Charles Holland, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • James Holland, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • William Holland, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • John Holland, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
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Holland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Holland, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Hannah Holland U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. John Holland U.E. born in New Hampshire, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a Sheriff for Saint John in 1792 he died in 1806
  • Mr. Joseph W Holland U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Ensign Richard Holland U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Dipper Harbour, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the Queen's Rangers and was part of the Port Matoon Association
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Holland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Denis Holland, aged 24, a carpenter, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • John Holland, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork, Ireland
  • James Holland, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
  • Johannah Holland, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
  • Michael Holland, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1835
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Holland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Holland, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Holland, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Richard Holland, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Francis Holland, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Samuel Holland, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
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Holland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Holland landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Arab
  • George Holland landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bolton
  • James Holland arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Henry Holland arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • George Holland a bricklayer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
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  • John Henry Holland (1929-2015), American scientist and Professor of psychology and Professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan
  • Willa Holland (b. 1991), American actress, known for her roles in Arrow (2012), Legion (2010) and Tiger Eyes (2012)
  • William Holland (1874-1930), American Olympian who won a silver medal at the 1900 games
  • Milton Murray Holland (1844-1910), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm
  • Brigadier-General Thomas Leroy Holland (1879-1944), American Commanding Officer Atlanta Quartermaster Depot (1942-1943)
  • Jerome H. Holland (1916-1985), American university president and diplomat, the first African American to play football at Cornell University in 1939, Ambassador to Sweden (1970-1972), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Steve Holland (1925-1997), American actor perhaps best known for his role as Flash Gordon in the 1954 television series of the same name
  • John Philip Holland (1840-1914), American engineer who developed the first submarine to be formally commissioned by the U.S. Navy
  • Bill Holland (1907-1984), American race car driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1949
  • Eddie Holland (b. 1939), American composer
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Holland Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. James Robert  Holland (1880-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Francis H Holland (b. 1915), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Charles Holland (b. 1906), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Manchester, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Victor J Holland, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Arnold Holland, British Marine from Plymouth, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was later killed in action in 1942

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. James J Holland, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Nina Holland, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Thomas Holland (d. 1912), aged 28, English Reception Steward from Liverpool, Lancashire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • Gone to Texas: A Compendium of the Dulaney, Haddox, Heaton, Holland and Martin Families by Mary Rebecca Scott.
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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. 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.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Holland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holland 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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