Show ContentsHoleman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Holeman comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a holy man who was a priest or friar. The surname Holeman originally derived from the Old English word Hol or Hool. Another reference claims the name was derived from the Old English words "holh" + "mann" and literally meant "dweller by a hollow." [1]

Early Origins of the Holeman family

The surname Holeman was first found in Essex, where one of the first records of the name was John Holman, Holeman who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. [1]

Early History of the Holeman family

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Holeman 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 Holeman has undergone many spelling variations, including Holman, Hollman, Holeman and others.

Early Notables of the Holeman family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Philip Holman (c. 1593-1669), an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1659, High Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1638; Philip Holman, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1633; and Sir...
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Holeman Ranking

In the United States, the name Holeman is the 10,347th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Holeman family to Ireland

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United States Holeman migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Holeman were among those contributors:

Holeman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Holeman, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • William Holeman, who arrived in Maryland in 1649 [3]
  • Abraham Holeman, who landed in Maryland in 1649 [3]
Holeman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maria Holeman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Holeman (post 1700) +

  • John Dee Holeman (1929-2021), American Piedmont blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook