Ailloway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Ailloway surname lived as inhabitants at the hollow-way or holy way. Ailloway is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names.
Early Origins of the Ailloway family
The surname Ailloway was first found in Middlesex at Holloway, a district in the parish of Islington, Finsbury division of the hundred of Ossulstone. Today, it is part of Greater London. There are a few different possible origins of the place name but the generally accepted origin is from the Old English words hol + weg which evolved to mean "the road with a hollow."  One of the first listings of the district was in 1307, when it was listed as Le Holeweye.
Important Dates for the Ailloway family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ailloway research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1826, 1684, 1666, 1734, 1720, 1734, 1722, 1723 and are included under the topic Early Ailloway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ailloway Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Ailloway are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ailloway include: Holloway, Hollway, Holoway, Hollaway, Hollywood and others.
Early Notables of the Ailloway family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: James Holloway (died 1684), an English merchant from Bristol, and conspirator of the Rye House Plot; and John...
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Migration of the Ailloway family to Ireland
Some of the Ailloway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ailloway family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ailloway or a variant listed above: Dorothy Hollway settled in Barbados in 1663; with William her husband; William Holloway settled in Maryland in 1775; Eadie Holloway settled with Elizabeth and Joe in Virginia in 1635.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)