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The first bearers of the distinguished surname Holl came to England in the great wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is occupational in origin, stemming from the primary activity of the bearer. It is derived from the Old French term "halle," which referred to a large manor house, and indicates that the original bearer of the name worked at the manor of the local Lord in some role such as a servant or chamberlain. Many of the Norman noblemen who came to England with William the Conqueror soon grew dissatisfied with William's rule; as such, members of the Holl family accepted land grants from King Malcolm Canmore of Scotland, and became prominent in that country.

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The surname Holl was first found in Lincolnshire, England, where the family was granted lands after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Holl family is directly descended from Earl Fitzwilliam, who held a family seat at Greatford Hall in Lincolnshire, after the Norman Conquest. The younger son of this noble house, Arthur FitzWilliam, came to be known as "Hall" so as to distinguish him from his senior brother. Hence, Arthur Hall was the first known bearer of the name, appearing on record about the year 1090.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hall, Halle, Haule, Haul, Hal, De Aule and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holl research. Another 465 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1600, 1574, 1656, 1613, 1668, 1662, 1668, 1610, 1665, 1669, 1654, 1656, 1619, 1667, 1654, 1660, 1637, 1690, 1688, 1690, 1620, 1687, 1627, 1656, 1646, 1672, 1716, 1715, 1716 and are included under the topic Early Holl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable among the family at this time was Joseph Hall (1574-1656), an English bishop, satirist and moralist; George Hall (c.1613-1668), an English Bishop of Chester (1662-1668); Thomas Hall (1610-1665), an English clergyman and ejected minister; Charles Hall (died 1669), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654...

Another 129 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Holl family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holl Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gotth Holl, who arrived in America in 1732
  • Hans Wendel Holl, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Isaac Holl, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Johannes Holl, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Hans Holl, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
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Holl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Justus Holl, who arrived in America in 1834
  • Widow Holl, aged 25, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • A Marie Holl, aged 29, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Caver Holl, aged 43, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Philipp Holl, who arrived in North America in 1849
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Holl Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Holl, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828

Holl Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Holl, aged 40, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Prowse"
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  • Steven Holl (b. 1947), American architect and watercolorist, best known for his designs for the 2003 Simmons Hall at MIT
  • Emil Holl, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904
  • Edwin G. Holl, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1961-66; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 24th District, 1969-2002
  • Norbert Holl, German diplomat, Head of the United Nations special mission to Afghanistan from 1996 to 1997
  • Jeffrey B. Holl (b. 1970), Canadian poet and musician
  • William Holl the Younger (1807-1871), English engraver and figure engraver, best known for his book illustrations, brother of France Holl, son of William Holl the Elder
  • John Holl (1802-1869), English-born, Canadian politician in Prince Edward Island, believed to have emigrated in 1836 from Devon, appointed to the legislative council in 1840 and later became Premier of Prince Edward Island (1854-1855)
  • Frank Holl (1845-1888), English painter and royal portraitist
  • Francis Holl (1815-1884), English engraver, son of William Holl the Elder
  • Adolf Holl (b. 1930), Austrian Roman Catholic theologian
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Holl Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Edith Holl (1900-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Holl Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holl Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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