Holinworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Holinworth is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived as inhabitants by holly bushes. The surname Holinworth originally derived from the Old English word hollins.

Early Origins of the Holinworth family

The surname Holinworth was first found in Chester at Hollingworth, a township, in the parish of Mottram-in-Longden-Dale, union of Ashton-underLyne, hundred of Macclesfield. Today, the village is in the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, Greater Manchester. The village dates back to before 1059 when it was listed as Holisurde. This was the spelling used in the Domesday Book of 1086. By the 13th century, it was listed as Holinewurth and literally meant "holly enclosure." [1] From a period prior to the Conquest, the village wholly belonged to the family of Hollingworth, until, some centuries since, it was divided into two manors, one of which, with the old Hall or manor-house, continued in the hands of their descendants until the 1800s. Captain Robert de Hollingworth, after his return from India, re-purchased the ancient family estate from the Rev. Daniel Whitle, to whom his grandfather had sold it. He went about the arduous task to restoring the estate to its previous glory.

Important Dates for the Holinworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holinworth research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1607, 1656, 1640, 1626, 1631, 1632 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Holinworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holinworth Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Holinworth has been spelled many different ways, including Hollingsworth, Hollinsworth, Hollingworth and many more.

Early Notables of the Holinworth family (pre 1700)

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holinworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Holinworth family to Ireland

Some of the Holinworth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Holinworth family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Holinworths to arrive in North America: Henry Hollingsworth settled in Pennsylvania in 1683; John Hollingsworth settled in Virginia in 1638; Richard Hollingsworth settled in Boston in 1635 with his wife and children, Valentine Hollingsworth settled in Pennsylvania in 1683 with his wife Anne and five children.

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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