Halleck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Halleck family

The surname Halleck was first found in Leicestershire at Holy-Oakes, a liberty, in the parish of DryStoke, union of Uppingham, hundred of Gartree. Historically, a very small liberty with only a few inhabitants, but nevertheless, it was a significant home to a number of important people which we shall explore.

The first record of the family was Gerard de Haliach, who was found here in the Pipe Rolls of 1188. Later in Worcester, Peter de la Holyok was registered in 1300. [1]

Early History of the Halleck family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halleck research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1188, 1300, 1455, 1487, 1567, 1653, 1582, 1604, 1625, 1642, 1653, 1616, 1675, 1632, 1636, 1639, 1657, 1731 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Halleck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Halleck Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Halleck include Hollyoke, Holyoke, Hollyoak, Hollioake, Hollyoak, Holioke, Hollioke, Hallioke, Hallyoke, Ollioke, Olyoke, Hollioak, Holyoak, Holyoake, Hollyhock, Hollyock and many more.

Early Notables of the Halleck family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Francis Holyoake (1567-1653), a British lexicographer, born at Nether Whitacre, Warwickshire. "About 1582 he studied as a commoner at Queen's College, Oxford, though it does not appear that he took a degree. Afterwards he taught a school, first at Oxford, and then in Warwickshire. In February 1604 he was instituted to the rectory of Southam, Warwickshire. In 1625 he was elected a member of convocation. In 1642 he was forced from his house by the parliamentarians, his wife was so ill-used as to hasten her death, his servant was killed, and his estate...
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United States Halleck migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Halleck or a variant listed above:

Halleck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • N H Halleck, aged 37, arrived in New York, New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Trinidad" from Bermuda [2]
Halleck Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Reuben P. Halleck, aged 48, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Kaiserin Augusta Victoria" from Southampton, England [3]
  • Henry G. Halleck, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Finance" from Colon [4]
  • Mrs. R.P. Halleck, aged 39, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Kaiserin Augusta Victoria" from Southampton, England [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Halleck (post 1700) +

  • Paul Charles Halleck (1913-1974), American football player for the Cleveland Rams in 1937
  • Charles Abraham Halleck (1900-1986), American politician, House Majority Leader (1947-1949), House Minority Leader (1959-1965), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1935-1969)
  • Henry Wager Halleck (1815-1872), nicknamed "Old Brains", an American United States Army officer, scholar, and lawyer, General-in-Chief of all the Union armies in 1862
  • Fitz-Greene Halleck (1790-1867), American poet notable for his satires, one of the Knickerbocker Group
  • Halleck J. Mantz, American jurist, Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court from 1943 to 1953
  • Halleck Jonas Mantz (1877-1958), American Republican politician, Mayor of Audubon, Iowa, 1913-17; Member of Iowa State House of Representatives, 1917-21; Member of Iowa State Senate, 1921-25; District Judge in Iowa, 1925-43 [6]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6PJ-14F : 6 December 2014), N H Halleck, 01 Apr 1892; citing departure port Bermuda, arrival port New York, New York, ship name Trinidad, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXKF-WYQ : 6 December 2014), Reuben P. Halleck, 31 Aug 1907; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Kaiserin Augusta Victoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXFC-J6L : 6 December 2014), Henry G. Halleck, 29 Mar 1907; citing departure port Colon, arrival port New York, ship name Finance, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXKF-WY7 : 6 December 2014), Mrs. R.P. Halleck, 31 Aug 1907; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Kaiserin Augusta Victoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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