Hollinsworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Hollinsworth come from when the family resided as inhabitants by holly bushes. The surname Hollinsworth originally derived from the Old English word hollins. [1]

Early Origins of the Hollinsworth family

The surname Hollinsworth was first found in Chester at Hollingworth, a township, in the parish of Mottram-in-Longden-Dale, union of Ashton-underLyne, hundred of Macclesfield. [2] [1]

Today, the village is in the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, Greater Manchester.

The family descends from "a township in the parish of Mottram, co. Chester, possessed by the family in very early times." [3]

The village dates back to before 1059 when it was listed as Holisurde. This was the spelling used in the Domesday Book of 1086. By the 13th century, it was listed as Holinewurth and literally meant "holly enclosure." [4]

"From a period prior to the Conquest, the village wholly belonged to the family of Hollingworth, until, some centuries since, it was divided into two manors, one of which, with the old Hall or manor-house, continued in the hands of their descendants until the 1800s. Captain Robert de Hollingworth, after his return from India, re-purchased the ancient family estate from the Rev. Daniel Whitle, to whom his grandfather had sold it. He went about the arduous task to restoring the estate to its previous glory. "[2]

Exploring early rolls, we found Thomas de Holinewurth in the Staffordshire Pipe Rolls of 1211-1215, and Thomas de Holingworth in the Assize Rolls for Cheshire in 1286. [5]

Years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls included: Johannes de Holynworth; and Rogerus Holymworth. [1]

East Cheshire records included John de Holynworth, 1325; and John de Holynworth, of Disley, Cheshire, 1438. [1]

Early History of the Hollinsworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollinsworth research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1607, 1656, 1640, 1626, 1631, 1607, 1639, 1701, 1639, 1654, 1662, 1684, 1632 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Hollinsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hollinsworth Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hollinsworth has been recorded under many different variations, including Hollingsworth, Hollinsworth, Hollingworth and many more.

Early Notables of the Hollinsworth family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Richard Hollinworth (Hollingworth) (1607-1656), an English clergyman of Presbyterian views, an influential figure in North-West England in the 1640's, educated at the Manchester grammar school and Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1626 and 1631. He was the son of Francis Hollinworth and Margaret...
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hollinsworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hollinsworth family to Ireland

Some of the Hollinsworth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hollinsworth migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hollinsworth or a variant listed above:

Hollinsworth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catherine Hollinsworth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1714 [6]
Hollinsworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Hollinsworth, aged 29, who landed in New York in 1812 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hollinsworth (post 1700) +

  • T. F. Hollinsworth, American Democrat politician, Chair of Wirt County Democratic Party, 1955 [7]


The Hollinsworth Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Disce ferenda pati
Motto Translation: Learn to endure what must be borne.


  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. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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