Hollins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hollins comes from the family having resided 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 Hollins family

The surname Hollins 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. [1]

Early History of the Hollins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollins research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1561, 1644, 1550, 1550, 1554, 1546, 1529, 1580, 1577, 1587, 1587, 1541, 1577, 1635, 1556, 1612, 1556, 1573, 1574, 1575, 1683, 1739 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Hollins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hollins Spelling Variations

Hollins has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Hollinshed, Holinshed, Hollinshead, Holinshead, Hollingshead, Holingshead, Hollins, Holins, Hollings and many more.

Early Notables of the Hollins 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 of the original Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge in 1546. 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. He "is said to have been son of Ralph Holinshed or Hollingshed...
Another 153 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hollins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hollins migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hollinss to arrive on North American shores:

Hollins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Hollins, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [2]
  • John Hollins, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [2]
Hollins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R. G. Hollins, who settled in New York State in 1820
  • James B. Hollins, who settled in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1832
  • George Hollins, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [2]
Hollins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ellen Jane Hollins, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Blackheath, in 1901
  • Ann Jane Hollins, aged 30, who immigrated to America from Coventy, Eng., in 1904
  • Arthur Hollins, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1904
  • Ada J. Hollins, aged 11, who landed in America from Bykers, England, in 1906
  • Denis Machell Hollins, aged 28, who settled in America from Blackburn, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hollins migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hollins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hollins, Scottish convict from Ayr, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. John Hollins, British convict who was convicted in Shropshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 19th November 1827, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Thomas Hollins, Canadian convict from St. John's, New Brunswick, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • James Hollins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hollins (post 1700) +

  • Harry Bowly Hollins (1854-1938), American financier, banker, and railroad magnate
  • Hue Hollins (1942-2013), former American professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association
  • Damon Jamall Hollins (b. 1974), former American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Ryan Kenwood Hollins (b. 1984), American professional basketball player
  • David Michael Hollins (b. 1966), former American third baseman in Major League Baseball
  • Lionel Eugene Hollins (b. 1953), American former professional basketball player
  • Wilbur Hollins, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1972 [7]
  • John Smith Hollins (1786-1856), American politician, Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, 1852-54 [7]
  • Peter Hollins (1800-1886), English sculptor and architect
  • Chris Hollins (b. 1971), English journalist, presenter and sportsman
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1827
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN WOODALL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnWoodall.htm
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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