The ancestors of the name Holdoway date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence as inhabitants at the hollow-way or holy way.
Holdoway 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 Holdoway family
The surname Holdoway 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
One of the first listings of the district was in 1307, when it was listed as Le Holeweye.
Early History of the Holdoway family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holdoway research.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1826, 1684, 1666, 1734, 1720, 1734, 1722, 1723 and are included under the topic Early Holdoway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Holdoway Spelling Variations
Holdoway has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Holdoway have been found, including Holloway, Hollway, Holoway, Hollaway, Hollywood and others.
Early Notables of the Holdoway 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... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holdoway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Holdoway family to Ireland
Some of the Holdoway 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 Holdoway family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Holdoways to arrive on North American shores: 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.