Hollandsworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hollandsworth is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived as inhabitants by holly bushes. The surname Hollandsworth originally derived from the Old English word hollins. [1]

Early Origins of the Hollandsworth family

The surname Hollandsworth was first found in Chester at Hollingworth, a township, in the parish of Mottram-in-Longden-Dale, union of Ashton-underLyne, hundred of Macclesfield. [2] [1]

Today, the village is in the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, Greater Manchester.

The family descends from "a township in the parish of Mottram, co. Chester, possessed by the family in very early times." [3]

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." [4]

"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. "[2]

Exploring early rolls, we found Thomas de Holinewurth in the Staffordshire Pipe Rolls of 1211-1215, and Thomas de Holingworth in the Assize Rolls for Cheshire in 1286. [5]

Years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls included: Johannes de Holynworth; and Rogerus Holymworth. [1]

East Cheshire records included John de Holynworth, 1325; and John de Holynworth, of Disley, Cheshire, 1438. [1]

Early History of the Hollandsworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollandsworth research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1607, 1656, 1640, 1626, 1631, 1607, 1639, 1701, 1639, 1654, 1662, 1684, 1632 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Hollandsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hollandsworth Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hollandsworth were recorded, including Hollingsworth, Hollinsworth, Hollingworth and many more.

Early Notables of the Hollandsworth family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Richard Hollinworth (Hollingworth) (1607-1656), an English clergyman of Presbyterian views, an influential figure in North-West England in the 1640's, educated at the Manchester grammar school and Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1626 and 1631. He was the son of Francis Hollinworth and Margaret...
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hollandsworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hollandsworth Ranking

In the United States, the name Hollandsworth is the 12,204th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Hollandsworth family to Ireland

Some of the Hollandsworth 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.


United States Hollandsworth migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hollandsworth family emigrate to North America:

Hollandsworth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Florence Hollandsworth, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • G. C. Hollandsworth, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1908
  • G. H. Hollandsworth, aged 43, who immigrated to America, in 1908
  • Mrs. G. H. Hollandsworth, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Mary Hollandsworth, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1910

Contemporary Notables of the name Hollandsworth (post 1700) +

  • Roy Hollandsworth, American politician, Republican member of the Montana Legislature
  • Walter Ned "Skip" Hollandsworth (b. 1957), American journalist, screenwriter, and executive editor for Texas Monthly magazine, recipient of the National Magazine Award (2010)
  • Todd Mathew Hollandsworth (b. 1973), American former Major League Baseball outfielder from Dayton, Ohio
  • Roy Hollandsworth, American Republican politician, Elected Montana State House of Representatives 28th District 2010 [7]
  • John T. Hollandsworth Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Beckley, West Virginia, 1936-51 [7]
  • Earl Hollandsworth, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1956; Presidential Elector for Texas, 1956 [7]


The Hollandsworth Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Disce ferenda pati
Motto Translation: Learn to endure what must be borne.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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