The name Holier reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Holier family lived in Devon
. This name is, however, not a reference to that area, but to the family's place of residence prior to their emigration to England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066, St. Hellier, near Rouen, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Holier family
The surname Holier was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Holier family
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Holier Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Holier family name include Hellier, Helliar, Helyar, Hellyer and others.
Early Notables of the Holier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holier family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Holier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Uilem Holier, who arrived in Montreal in 1662
The Holier Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Pro republica semper
Motto Translation: For the state always.