Hollier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hollier family

The surname Hollier was first found in Austria, where the name Hollier became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. The name Hollier, like many surnames, was occupational in origin, meaning that it was taken from the occupation of its first bearer. This name comes from the ancient Germanic word "hore" or "hure," meaning "whore," so the first bearer of the name was most likely the owner of a brothel. Such establishments were very common at the time and weren't seen as negatively as they are today, therefore there was no shame in being the owner of one.

Early History of the Hollier family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollier research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1607, 1677, 1607, 1600, 1643 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Hollier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hollier Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Holler, Hollier, Hollyer, Hullyer and others.

Early Notables of the Hollier family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Hollier were Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677), in Bohemian Vaclav Holar, engraver, was born at Prague on 13 July 1607. He was the son of Jan Holar, a lawyer, who held an official appointment in that city, and Margaret, his wife, daughter of David Löw von Löwengrün and Bareyt, a burgher of the same place. He was the eldest of the family. There were two other sons. Hollar asserted that he belonged...
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United States Hollier migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hollier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Julian Hollier, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]
Hollier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Hollier, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Nathan] Hollier, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • William Hollier, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Eliza Hollier, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • John Hollier, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [1]

Canada Hollier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hollier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Guillaume Hollier, who arrived in Montreal in 1662

New Zealand Hollier migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hollier Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Hollier, (b. 1824), aged 35, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [2]
  • Mr. Edward Hollier, (b. 1825), aged 34, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [2]
  • Mr. Edward Gregory Hollier, (b. 1845), aged 14, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [2]
  • Mr. William Henry Hollier, (b. 1847), aged 12, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [2]
  • Miss Elizabeth Ann Hollier, (b. 1851), aged 8, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hollier (post 1700) +

  • Donald Russel Hollier (b. 1934), Australian composer of Classical music
  • Jules Hollier, nephew of Pierre Larousse, who completed the Larousse French Dictionary in 1876


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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