The origins of the name Gollyn are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal nameJollan.
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Gollyn family
The surname Gollyn was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Gollyn family
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Gollyn Spelling Variations
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 Gollyn family name include Jolland, Jollan, Jolan, Jolin, Joline, Jalland, Golland, Gollan, Golan and many more.
Early Notables of the Gollyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gollyn family to Ireland
Some of the Gollyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 119 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gollyn family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, 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 Gollyn surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Andrew Joline, who sailed to New York in 1686; Patrick Golane to Barbados in 1678; Elizabeth and John Jolland to America in 1772; and William Golan to Philadelphia in 1841..