The Hollens name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having 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
The original bearer of the name lived near a patch of holly noted for its fecundity.
Early Origins of the Hollens family
The surname Hollens was 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.
Early History of the Hollens family
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Hollens Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hollens has undergone many spelling variations
, including Hollis, Holles, Hollys, Hollyes, Holleis, Hollies and others.
Early Notables of the Hollens family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir William Holles (or Hollyes) (1471-1542), Lord Mayor of London; John Holles, 2nd Earl of Clare (1595-1666), an English nobleman; Gilbert Holles, 3rd Earl of Clare (1633-1689); John Holles, 1st Earl of Clare (1564-1637), an English nobleman; Denzil Holles, 1st Baron
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Migration of the Hollens family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hollens were among those contributors: Henry Holles settled in New England
in 1709 with his wife; John Hollis settled in Maryland in 1654; John and Edith Hollis settled in Virginia in 1623.