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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.


The surname Hollinshead was 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.

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.


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


Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hollinshead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 came to West Jersey, from London, in circa 1678
  • John Hollinshead, who arrived in New Jersey in 1678
  • Joseph Hollinshead, who landed in Maryland in 1684
  • Joseph Hollinshead, who arrived at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685

  • M. Catherine Hollinshead (b. 1948), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2004
  • Shaun Hollinshead (b. 1961), former English footballer
  • Cyril Hollinshead (1902-1995), English cricketer
  • Reg Hollinshead (1924-2013), British racehorse and jockey trainer

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    Other References

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    2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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    The Hollinshead Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Hollinshead 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 31 May 2016 at 10:03.

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