Hollin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Hollin family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the region of Hollingside or Holmside in Durham. Hollin Old Hall is a house in Bollington, Cheshire, England with parts that date back to the 17th century and Hollin Hall is a country house in Crook in Cumbria that dates back to the 14th century.

Literally the name originated from the expression 'of the hollins head,' as in "one who dwelt at the head of the hollin-bushes." [1]

Early Origins of the Hollin family

The surname Hollin was first found in East Cheshire where the area has "given birth to a large number of Hollingsheads from some immediate locality of that name." [1]

By example, some of the early records include: John del Holynshede, 1408: East Cheshire; and Hugh Hollinshead, of Bosley, Yeoman, 1541, both recorded there.

Raphael Holinshed (1529-1580) was an English chronicler, best known for his Holinshed's Chronicles first published in 1577, and later in a second edition in 1587. It is generally thought that Shakespeare used the revised second edition of the Chronicles (1587) as the source for most of his history plays.

Important Dates for the Hollin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollin research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1561, 1644, 1550, 1550, 1554, 1546, 1580 and 1577 are included under the topic Early Hollin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hollin Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hollin include Hollinshed, Holinshed, Hollinshead, Holinshead, Hollingshead, Holingshead, Hollins, Holins, Hollings and many more.

Early Notables of the Hollin family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Hugh Hollinshed; and his son, Ottiwell Hollinshed MA ( fl. 1550s), English prelate, Canon of Windsor from 1550 to 1554. He was one...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hollin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hollin migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hollin or a variant listed above:

Hollin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Hollin, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Andrew Hollin, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844 [2]
  • P Hollin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hollin (post 1700)

  • Larry Hollin, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 2nd District, 1992 [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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