Hollitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hollitt is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the county of Kent where they were known as the dwellers at the hall or manor. [1]

Early Origins of the Hollitt family

The surname Hollitt was first found in Kent 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 Hollitt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollitt research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1690, 1628, 1689, 1628, 1652, 1652, 1656, 1722, 1656, 1683, 1687, 1713, 1691, 1744, 1691 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Hollitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hollitt 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 Hollitt family name include Hallett, Hallet, Hollett, Hollet, Hollitt and many more.

Early Notables of the Hollitt family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Joseph Hallett or Halet (1628?-1689), an English ejected minister, "born at Bridport, Dorsetshire, about 1628. He became by his own exertions a good Greek scholar and proficient in Hebrew. In 1652 he was ‘called to the work of the ministry’ at Hinton St. George, Somersetshire, a sequestered living, and was ordained to this charge on 28 Oct. 1652 in St. Thomas's Church, Salisbury, by the ‘classical presbytery of Sarum.’ " [2] His son, Joseph...
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hollitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Hollitt migration to Canada +

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 Hollitt surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hollitt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hollitt is recorded in Burin, Newfoundland in 1805 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hollitt (post 1700) +

  • Raye Hollitt (b. 1964), American actress and female bodybuilder, known by her stage name Zap


  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. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0


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