Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Holker, in Cumberland, now called Cumbria. The place-name Holker is made up of two Old Scandinavian elements. The first is hol, which meant hollow or valley. The second is kjarr, the word for marsh. The place-name as a whole meant "marsh in the valley."
Early Origins of the Holk family
Lancashire, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Noraman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Holk family
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Holk Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Holk are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Holk include: Holker, Hoker, Holk and others.
Early Notables of the Holk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holk family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Holk or a variant listed above: John Holker, a diplomat for the government of France, who settled in Springburg, Virginia during the American Revolution. Among the other family members to migrate to North America were: George Hoke, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1765.
Contemporary Notables of the name Holk (post 1700)
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