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An excerpt from archives copyright 2000 - 2016

The Anglo-Saxon name Hollins comes from the family having resided in the region of Hollingside or Holmside in Durham.


Hollins has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Hollinshed, Holinshed, Hollinshead, Holinshead, Hollingshead, Holingshead, Hollins, Holins, Hollings and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollins research. Another 306 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1577 and 1580 are included under the topic Early Hollins History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hollins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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
  • John Hollins, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

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

Hollins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ellen Jane Hollins, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Blackheath, in 1901
  • Ann Jane Hollins, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Coventy, Eng., in 1904
  • Arthur Hollins, aged 26, who emigrated 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

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
  • 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
  • James Hollins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849


  • 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
  • John Smith Hollins (1786-1856), American politician, Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, 1852-54
  • Peter Hollins (1800-1886), English sculptor and architect
  • Chris Hollins (b. 1971), English journalist, presenter and sportsman



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The Hollins Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Hollins 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.

This page was last modified on 19 November 2015 at 09:19.

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