The ancestry of the name Holiffe dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Lancashire
where they were Lords of the Manor.
Early Origins of the Holiffe family
The surname Holiffe was first found in Lancashire
, where they held a family seat
from early times, in Holleth, a hamlet in the parish of Garstang, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Holiffe family
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Holiffe 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 Holiffe have been found, including Hollet, Holliffe, Holiffe and others.
Early Notables of the Holiffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holiffe 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 Holiffe, or a variant listed above: Mary Hollett who settled in Rappahannock, Virginia in 1741. In Newfoundland, there was a Company called Thomas Hollitt & Co. in Burin in 1805; Samuel Hollett settled in Adam's Cove in 1806.