Hollier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are several different possible derivations for this surname. Some lines of the name may be descended from the French name d'Ollier. The name Hollier in some cases, is thought to have been an occupational name for a brothel-keeper, from the Middle English and Old French word "holier," itself a variation of "horier." Another derivation sees the name coming from the plant name holly, in which case the name was probably topographic, referring to someone who live near a holly tree.

Early Origins of the Hollier family

The surname Hollier was first found in Bedfordshire, where a Robert le Holyere was on record in the Subsidy Rolls of 1309.

Early History of the Hollier family

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Hollier Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Hollyer, Hullyer, Hollister, Hollier and others.

Early Notables of the Hollier family (pre 1700)

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United States Hollier migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Hollier or a variant listed above:

Hollier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Julian Hollier, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]
Hollier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Hollier, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Nathan] Hollier, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • William Hollier, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Eliza Hollier, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • John Hollier, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [1]

Canada Hollier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hollier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Guillaume Hollier, who arrived in Montreal in 1662

New Zealand Hollier migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hollier Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Hollier, (b. 1824), aged 35, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [2]
  • Mr. Edward Hollier, (b. 1825), aged 34, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [2]
  • Mr. Edward Gregory Hollier, (b. 1845), aged 14, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [2]
  • Mr. William Henry Hollier, (b. 1847), aged 12, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [2]
  • Miss Elizabeth Ann Hollier, (b. 1851), aged 8, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hollier (post 1700) +

  • Donald Russel Hollier (b. 1934), Australian composer of Classical music
  • Jules Hollier, nephew of Pierre Larousse, who completed the Larousse French Dictionary in 1876


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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