Holloway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Holloway is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived as inhabitants at the hollow-way or holy way. [1]

Holloway is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names.

John Halifax or Holywood (Latin: Johannes de Sacro Bosco) ( fl. 1230), was an early English mathematician, probably born at Halifax in Yorkshire. "Holywood is said to have studied at Oxford, and to have afterwards settled at Paris about 1230. The remainder of his life was spent in Paris, where he died, either in 1244 or 1256." [2]

Early Origins of the Holloway family

The surname Holloway was first found in Middlesex at Holloway, a district in the parish of Islington, Finsbury division of the hundred of Ossulstone. [3]

Today, it is part of Greater London. There are a few different possible origins of the place name but the generally accepted origin is from the Old English words "hol" + "weg" which evolved to mean "the road with a hollow." [4] One of the first listings of the district was in 1307, when it was listed as Le Holeweye.

Richard de Holeweia was found in the Pipe Rolls for Devon in 1130 and later Hohn de la Holewete was found in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1275. John Holewey was in the Hundredorum Rolls for Oxford in 1279 and John del Hollewaye was in Yorkshire in 1308. A few years later, Hugh atte Holewey was listed in Devon in 1310. [5]

There were two listings for the family in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Johannes de Holeweye, Wiltshire; and William de Holeweye, Warwickshire. [6]

In Somerset, William Holeweye was there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign). [7]

Early History of the Holloway family

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Holloway 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. Holloway has been recorded under many different variations, including Holloway, Hollway, Holoway, Hollaway, Hollywood and others.

Early Notables of the Holloway family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: James Holloway (died 1684), an English merchant from Bristol, and conspirator of the Rye House Plot. John Holloway (c. 1666-1734), was a politician and lawyer in the British colony of Virginia, Speaker of the House of Burgesses (1720-1734) and first Mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia (1722-1723.) Benjamin Holloway (1691?-1759), was an English divine, born at Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire, about 1691, was the son of Joseph Holloway, 'brasiator' (maltster), of that town. [2] James Holloway (d. 1684), was an English "conspirator, a citizen of Bristol, probably imbibed strong protestant opinions from the master to whom he was apprenticed...
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Ireland Migration of the Holloway family to Ireland

Some of the Holloway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Holloway 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 Holloway or a variant listed above:

Holloway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eadie Holloway settled with Elizabeth and Joe in Virginia in 1635
  • Edmond Holloway, aged 17, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [8]
  • Eedie Holloway, aged 22, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [8]
  • Elizabeth Holloway, aged 26, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [8]
  • Jo Holloway, aged 21, who arrived in New England in 1635 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Holloway Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Briggs Holloway, who settled in Boston in 1765
  • William Holloway, who settled in Maryland in 1775
  • James Holloway, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [8]
Holloway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Holloway, who landed in Texas in 1835 [8]
  • Henry Holloway, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1896 [8]
Holloway Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Philip Holloway, who landed in New York in 1910 [8]

Canada Holloway migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holloway Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Holloway, aged 60 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Gilmour" departing 24th April 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 18th June 1847 but she died on board [9]
  • Mr. Michael Holloway, aged 18 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lady Flora Hastings" departing 11th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but he died on board [9]

Australia Holloway migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Holloway Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Miss Ann Holloway, English convict who was convicted in Southampton, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bellona" in July 1792, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
Holloway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Holloway, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • Samuel Holloway, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • Benjamin Holloway, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Mr. John Holloway, Welsh convict who was convicted in Monmouthshire, Wales for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 13th March 1828, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [14]
  • Thomas Holloway, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Holloway migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Holloway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Holloway, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th February 1859 [16]
  • Miss Catherine Holloway, (b. 1861), aged 7 weeks, British settler travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 10th February 1862 [17]
  • Mr. Henry Edward Holloway, (b. 1822), aged 39, British labourer travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 10th February 1862 [17]
  • Mrs. Ellen Holloway, (b. 1831), aged 30, British settler travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 10th February 1862 [17]
  • Mr. John Joseph Holloway, (b. 1856), aged 5, British settler travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 10th February 1862 [17]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Holloway (post 1700) +

  • A.J. Holloway (d. 2018), American politician, Mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi from 1993 to 2015
  • Clyde Cecil Holloway (1943-2016), American politician, small business owner, Louisiana Public Service Commissioner (2009-2016)
  • William Judson Holloway Jr. (1923-2014), American jurist, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (1984-1991)
  • James W. "Red" Holloway (b. 1927), American jazz tenor saxophonist
  • Ralph Holloway (b. 1935), American physical anthropologist
  • Josh Holloway (b. 1969), American television and film actor
  • Brenda Holloway (b. 1946), American singer and songwriter
  • Admiral James Lemuel Holloway Jr. (1898-1984), Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy from 1947 to 1950; Chief of Naval personnel from 1953 to 1957; commander in chief of all United States naval forces in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean from 1957 to 1959
  • Bruce K. Holloway, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 13 aerial victories
  • James Lemuel Holloway III (1922-2019), United States Navy admiral and naval aviator who was decorated for his actions during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mrs. Jean Marie Holloway (1916-1979), British passenger, currently residing in Glenfield, Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [18]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Charlotte Holloway (1857-1914), née Oliver Canadian First Class Passenger from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [19]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Donald Mitchell Holloway, British Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [20]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Sidney Holloway (d. 1912), aged 20, English Clothes Presser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [21]


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  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 80)
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bellona
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  12. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  13. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  14. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  15. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  16. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  17. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  18. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  19. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  20. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  21. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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