culture. The name Holyoyke comes from when the family lived beside or close to a religious marker such as an oak where gospel readings were made during Rogation Days.
. Holy-Oakes is a very small liberty in
. In the late 1800's only two people lived there.
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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Holyoyke has appeared include Holyoake, Holyoak, Holyoke and others.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Holyoyke arrived in North America very early: Edward Holyoke settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630.