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The distinguished surname Holley emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Holley family originally lived near a prominent group of holly shrubs. The surname Holley is derived from the Old English words holi, holie, and holin, which in turn come from the Old English words holegn and holen, which mean holly. The surname Holley belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Holley Early Origins



The surname Holley was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Holley Spelling Variations


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Holley Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Holly, Holley, Hollie and others.

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Holley Early History


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Holley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holley research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1686 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Holley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Holley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Holley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Holley In Ireland


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Holley In Ireland



Some of the Holley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 145 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Holley were found:

Holley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Holley settled in Boston in 1635
  • Samuel Holley, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Lionel Holley settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Lyonell Holley, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • John Holley, who landed in Virginia in 1656

Holley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Holley, aged 32, who landed in America from England, in 1902
  • Benjamin Holley, aged 32, who landed in America from Isle of Jersey, England, in 1909
  • Charles Holley, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Edgar J. Holley, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1916
  • Bradley Holley, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Holley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Holley (post 1700)



  • Charles M. Holley Jr. (b. 1957), American businessman, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Wal-Mart
  • Samuel J. Holley (b. 1844), American professional baseball umpire in the late 1800s
  • Robert William Holley (1922-1993), American biochemist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1968 for describing the structure of alanine transfer RNA
  • Orville Luther Holley (1791-1861), American writer, historian and politician, New York State Surveyor General (1838 to 1842)
  • Myron Holley (1779-1841), American politician who was a driving force in the construction of the Erie Canal, eponym of Holley, New York
  • Michael Holley, American Pulitzer Prize winning television and radio sports commentator, sports reporter and author
  • Lonnie Bradley Holley (b. 1950), African-American artist and art educator, known as The Sand Man
  • James W. Holley III (1926-2012), American politician and dental surgeon, two term Mayor of Portsmouth, Virginia
  • A. Holley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1868
  • Alexander Hamilton Holley (1804-1887), American Republican politician, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, 1854-55; Governor of Connecticut, 1857-58; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1860
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

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