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Holiman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The history of the name Holiman goes back those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a person who was referred to as the Holy-man. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.


Early Origins of the Holiman family


The surname Holiman was first found in Lincolnshire and Kent, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Holiman family


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Holiman Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Holiman family name include Hollyman, Holyman, Holleyman, Holeyman, Holliman, Holiman and many more.

Early Notables of the Holiman family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Holiman family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Holiman or a variant listed above:

Holiman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Doris (Elizabeth) Holiman, aged 21, who arrived in Chicago, Ill., in 1910
  • Kate Holiman, aged 79, who arrived in Baltimore, Md., in 1914
  • George Holiman, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1920
  • Fredirick Holiman, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Holiman (post 1700)


  • Andrew "Drew" Holiman (b. 1967), known as Psycho, an American musician who founded Insane Poetry, an American hip hop group from Los Angeles, California

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