The name Holliffe is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the county of Lancashire
where they were Lords of the Manor.
Early Origins of the Holliffe family
The surname Holliffe was first found in Lancashire
, where they held a family seat
from early times, in Holleth, a hamlet in the parish of Garstang, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Holliffe family
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Holliffe 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 Holliffe 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Holliffe include: Hollet, Holliffe, Holiffe and others.
Early Notables of the Holliffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holliffe family to the New World and Oceana
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 Holliffe or a variant listed above: Mary Hollett who settled in Rappahannock, Virginia in 1741. In Newfoundland, there was a Company called Thomas Hollitt & Co. in Burin in 1805; Samuel Hollett settled in Adam's Cove in 1806.