Holliss is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Holliss family once lived near a field of holly having derived from the word for holly in the language of the time. In the Old English the word for holly is holegn,
or perhaps holen
; in the Old English the words for holly were holei
The original bearer of the name lived near a patch of holly noted for its fecundity.
Early Origins of the Holliss family
The surname Holliss was first found in Nottinghamshire
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.
Early History of the Holliss family
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Holliss Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Holliss family name include Hollis, Holles, Hollys, Hollyes, Holleis, Hollies and others.
Early Notables of the Holliss family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir William Holles (or Hollyes) (1471-1542), Lord Mayor of London; John Holles, 2nd Earl of Clare (1595-1666), an English nobleman; Gilbert Holles, 3rd Earl of Clare (1633-1689); John Holles, 1st Earl of Clare (1564-1637), an English nobleman; Denzil Holles, 1st Baron
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Migration of the Holliss family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Holliss surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Henry Holles settled in New England
in 1709 with his wife; John Hollis settled in Maryland in 1654; John and Edith Hollis settled in Virginia in 1623.