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Hollister is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived at the village of Hollister in the county of Wiltshire. Some note that the name may have been derived from the Old English word holegn which means holly. If this is the case, the name would still be a local name but would refer to a person who lived by a cluster of holly trees.

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The surname Hollister was first found in Wiltshire 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.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hollister family name include Hollister, Holister and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollister research. Another 258 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hollister History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hollister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hollister surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hollister Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Hollister who settled in Connecticut in 1630
  • John Hollister, who arrived in Connecticut in 1641
  • Jacob Hollister, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Edward Hollister settled in Virginia in 1663
  • William Hollister, who arrived in Virginia in 1680

Hollister Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Hollister settled in New England in 1755

Hollister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jessie Hollister, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • E S Hollister, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Hollister Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Ms. Elisha Hollister U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

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  • Katherine Augusta Hollister (1968-1988), American Student from Rego Park, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Dwight E. Hollister, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1916
  • Dwight Hollister, American politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1865-67, 1885-87
  • David C. Hollister (b. 1942), American Democrat politician, Ingham County Commissioner, 1969-74; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1975-93; Mayor of Lansing, Michigan, 1993-2003
  • Cornelia C. Hollister, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932
  • Cady Hollister, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Saratoga County 1st District, 1848
  • Alfred E. Hollister, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury, 1934
  • Alexander Hollister, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury, 1822-24
  • E. Hollister, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 8th District, 1869
  • Mrs. E. M. Hollister, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1940

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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: Currendo
Motto Translation: Running

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  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Hollister Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hollister 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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