The ancestry of the name Holerness dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the Holderness district in the East Riding of Yorkshire
. It is now found in the county of Humberside. The place-name is derived from the Old Scandinavian words holdr,
a landholding held by a member of the yeomanry, and nes,
a promontory or headland.
Early Origins of the Holerness family
The surname Holerness was first found in East Riding of Yorkshire
at Skipsea. "The manor is one of those which have continued members of the seigniory of Holderness to the present day. In the 12th of Edward III., the king granted a market to the place, to be held on Thursday in every week, and two fairs to be held annually, one on All Saints' day, and the other on the day of the translation of St. Thomas the Martyr." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Holerness family
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Holerness Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Holerness have been found, including Holderness, Holdernesse, Houlderness and others.
Early Notables of the Holerness family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holerness family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Holerness, or a variant listed above: Henry Holdernesse arrived in Philadelphia in 1807; Edward and William Holderness settled in Philadelphia in 1820.