Show ContentsHolleman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Holleman begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for a person who was referred to as the Holy-man. 1 A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favoured style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Holleman family

The surname Holleman was first found in Berkshire where Roger Haliman was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1212. Years later in Lincolnshire, William Holyman was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1276, as was Richard Hollyman. 2

Early History of the Holleman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holleman research. Another 46 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1495, 1512, 1514, 1518, 1526 and 1558 are included under the topic Early Holleman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holleman 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 Holleman 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. The variations of the name Holleman include: Hollyman, Holyman, Holleyman, Holeyman, Holliman, Holiman and many more.

Early Notables of the Holleman family

Distinguished members of the family include John Holyman (1495-1558), was Bishop of Bristol, was a native of Coddington, near Haddenham in Buckinghamshire. He was educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford, and in...
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Holleman Ranking

In the United States, the name Holleman is the 10,490th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 3

United States Holleman migration to the United States +

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 Holleman or a variant listed above:

Holleman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Xtophr Holleman, who landed in Virginia in 1650 4
Holleman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margret Holleman to Alabama in 1851
  • Franz Holleman, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Barend Holleman, aged 2, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
Holleman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Cornelis Holleman, aged 64, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Albert E. Holleman, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1921
  • H. Holleman, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Holleman (post 1700) +

  • Jesse Boyce Holleman (1924-2003), American war veteran, attorney, politician, and actor
  • Mitch Holleman (b. 1995), American child actor, best known for his portrayal of Jake Hart on the TV sitcom Reba
  • Kim Holleman (b. 1978), American contemporary artist
  • Joel Holleman (1799-1844), 19th century American congressman
  • John E. Holleman, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 4th District, 1909-10; Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 4th District, 1913-14 5
  • Joel Holleman (1799-1844), American politician, Member of Virginia State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Virginia 10th District, 1839-41 5
  • Jerry Holleman, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956 5
  • Harlan Holleman, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 1st District, 1976 5
  • Frank S. III Holleman, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2008 5

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  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook