Holdaway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Holdaway begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived as inhabitants at the hollow-way or holy way. [1]

Holdaway 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.

John Halifax or Holywood (Latin: Johannes de Sacro Bosco) ( fl. 1230), was an early English mathematician, probably born at Halifax in Yorkshire. "Holywood is said to have studied at Oxford, and to have afterwards settled at Paris about 1230. The remainder of his life was spent in Paris, where he died, either in 1244 or 1256." [2]

Early Origins of the Holdaway family

The surname Holdaway was first found in Middlesex at Holloway, a district in the parish of Islington, Finsbury division of the hundred of Ossulstone. [3]

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." [4] One of the first listings of the district was in 1307, when it was listed as Le Holeweye.

Richard de Holeweia was found in the Pipe Rolls for Devon in 1130 and later Hohn de la Holewete was found in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1275. John Holewey was in the Hundredorum Rolls for Oxford in 1279 and John del Hollewaye was in Yorkshire in 1308. A few years later, Hugh atte Holewey was listed in Devon in 1310. [5]

There were two listings for the family in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Johannes de Holeweye, Wiltshire; and William de Holeweye, Warwickshire. [6]

In Somerset, William Holeweye was there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign). [7]

Early History of the Holdaway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holdaway research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1581, 1684, 1666, 1734, 1720, 1734, 1722, 1723, 1691, 1759, 1691, 1684, 1695, 1562, 1616, 1562, 1582, 1599, 1604 and are included under the topic Early Holdaway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holdaway Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Holdaway has undergone many spelling variations, including Holloway, Hollway, Holoway, Hollaway, Hollywood and others.

Early Notables of the Holdaway 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. John Holloway (c. 1666-1734), was a politician and lawyer in the British colony of Virginia, Speaker of the House of Burgesses (1720-1734) and first Mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia (1722-1723.) Benjamin Holloway (1691?-1759), was an English divine, born at Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire, about 1691, was the son of Joseph Holloway, 'brasiator' (maltster), of that town. [2] James Holloway (d. 1684), was an English "conspirator, a citizen of Bristol, probably imbibed strong protestant opinions from the master to whom he was apprenticed...
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Ireland Migration of the Holdaway family to Ireland

Some of the Holdaway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 193 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Holdaway migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Holdaway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Holdaway, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Will Watch
  • John Holdaway, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • Mary Holdaway, aged 30, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • William Holdaway, aged 12, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Emma Holdaway, aged 10, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Holdaway (post 1700) +

  • Ronald M. Holdaway, American former judge of the United States Court of Appeals
  • Mabel Holdaway, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1936 [8]
  • David R. Holdaway, American politician, Mayor of Pleasant Grove, Utah, 1984-89 [8]
  • Charles Guy Holdaway (1886-1973), British Olympic athlete
  • William Holdaway (1893-1967), New Zealand cricketer
  • Jim Holdaway (1927-1970), British illustrator, who was famous for his illustrations of numerous comic strips

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Frank Holdaway (b. 1906), English Joiner 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Catherington, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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