Hollinshead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hollinshead is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived 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 Hollinshead family

The surname Hollinshead 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 Hollinshead family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollinshead 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 Hollinshead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hollinshead Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hollinshead has been spelled many different ways, including Hollinshed, Holinshed, Hollinshead, Holinshead, Hollingshead, Holingshead, Hollins, Holins, Hollings and many more.

Early Notables of the Hollinshead 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 Hollinshead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hollinshead migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hollinsheads to arrive in North America:

Hollinshead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John and Grace Hollinshead, who settled in West Jersey, from London, in circa 1678
  • John Hollinshead, who arrived in New Jersey in 1678 [2]
  • Joseph Hollinshead, who landed in Maryland in 1684 [2]
  • Joseph Hollinshead, who arrived at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Hollinshead (post 1700) +

  • Ariel Cahill Hollinshead (1929-2019), née Cahill, an American cancer researcher and professor at George Washington University
  • M. Catherine Hollinshead (b. 1948), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2004 [3]
  • Shaun Hollinshead (b. 1961), former English footballer
  • Cyril Hollinshead (1902-1995), English cricketer
  • Reg Hollinshead (1924-2013), British racehorse and jockey trainer


  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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