Show ContentsHoliman 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. [1] 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 favoured style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Holiman family

The surname Holiman was first found in Berkshire where Roger Haliman was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1212. Years later in Lincolnshire, William Holyman was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1276, as was Richard Hollyman. [2]

Early History of the Holiman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holiman research. Another 46 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1495, 1558, 1512, 1514, 1518 and 1526 are included under the topic Early Holiman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

Distinguished members of the family include John Holyman (1495-1558), was Bishop of Bristol, was a native of Coddington, near Haddenham in Buckinghamshire. He was educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford, and in...
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Holiman Ranking

In the United States, the name Holiman is the 18,176th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Holiman migration to the United States +

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

  1. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook