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Where did the English Hollas family come from? What is the English Hollas family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hollas family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hollas family history?

The ancestors of the Hollas surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived near a field of holly having derived from the word for holly in the language of the time. In the Old English the word for holly is holegn, or perhaps holen; in the Old English the words for holly were holei or holen. The original bearer of the name lived near a patch of holly noted for its fecundity.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hollas include Hollis, Holles, Hollys, Hollyes, Holleis, Hollies and others.

First found in Nottinghamshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollas research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1711, 1694, 1471, 1542, 1595, 1666, 1633, 1689, 1564, 1637, 1599, 1680, 1642, 1607, 1675, 1640, 1642, 1627 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Hollas History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 221 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hollas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hollas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Johann Hollas, who arrived in Texas in 1854
  • John Hollas, who landed in America in 1859

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  • Hugo Andrew Hollas (1945-1995), American professional football safety
  • Donald Wayne Hollas (b. 1967), former American college and professional football quarterback


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The Hollas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hollas 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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