The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Holeyoke come from when the family resided beside a religious marker
known as the holy oak
or beside a tree known as the evergreen-oak.
Early Origins of the Holeyoke family
The surname Holeyoke was first found in Warwickshire
from very ancient times, and were Lords of the manor of Morton Bagot.
Early History of the Holeyoke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holeyoke research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1624, 1676 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Holeyoke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Holeyoke Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Holeyoke has been recorded under many different variations, including Hollyoak, Hollyoake, Holyoak, Holyoake, Holleyoak, Holleyoake, Holeyoak, Holeyoake, Holeyoke, Hollyoke, Holleyoke, Hollyhock, Hollihock, Holehock, Hollehock and many more.
Early Notables of the Holeyoke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holeyoke family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Holeyoke or a variant listed above: William Holehock arrived in New York in 1715; John Hollyoke arrived in Virginia in 1767; William Hollyhoag arrived in Pennsylvania in 1866; Edward Holyoke settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630..