Hollinshed History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Hollinshed name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from 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." 
Early Origins of the Hollinshed family
The surname Hollinshed 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." 
By example, some of the early records include: John del Holynshede, 1408: East Cheshire; and Hugh Hollinshead, of Bosley, Yeoman, 1541, both recorded there. 
Early History of the Hollinshed family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollinshed 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 Hollinshed History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hollinshed Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hollinshed were recorded, including Hollinshed, Holinshed, Hollinshead, Holinshead, Hollingshead, Holingshead, Hollins, Holins, Hollings and many more.
Early Notables of the Hollinshed 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...
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Hollinshed migration to the United States +
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hollinshed family emigrate to North America:
Hollinshed Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles, Henry and John William Hollinshed, who all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1850 and 1856
Contemporary Notables of the name Hollinshed (post 1700) +
- George Hollinshed, American inventor of a bow-protector for vessels in 1906 and the ash-sifting shovel in 1910
- Harry H. Hollinshed, American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Sussex County, 1929-31; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Sussex County, 1940-42 
- Judith Hollinshed, Australian author, known for "Innocence to Independence : Life in the Papua New Guinea Highlands 1956-1980"
Related Stories +
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html