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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Holdway is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived as inhabitants at the hollow-way or holy way. Holdway 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.

Holdway Early Origins



The surname Holdway 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." [1]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.

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Holdway Spelling Variations


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Holdway Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Holdway has been spelled many different ways, including Holloway, Hollway, Holoway, Hollaway, Hollywood and others.

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Holdway Early History


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Holdway Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holdway 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 Holdway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Holdway Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Holdway Early Notables (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 Holdway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Holdway In Ireland


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Holdway In Ireland



Some of the Holdway 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Holdways to arrive in North America: 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Holdway (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Holdway (post 1700)



  • Gemma Holdway, American script coordinator, known for her work on Prometheus: Retribution (2014), Van X Year (2013) and Independent Cat (2012)
  • Steve Holdway, American trombone player, known for his work with The Specials
  • Neil Holdway, American news editor on the Chicago Daily Herald
  • Kelly Holdway, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2008

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Holdway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holdway Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 17 December 2015 at 14:52.

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