Early Origins of the Hollowel family
The surname Hollowel was first found in Northamptonshire at Hollowell, a village and civil parish in the Daventry district of the county which dates back to at least the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Holewelle. At that time, it was held by the Bishop of Lincoln. The place name literally means "spring or stream in a hollow," having derived from the Old English words hol + wella. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Hollowel family
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Hollowel Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Hollowel are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Hollowel include: Halliwell, Halligwell, Haliwell, Hollowell and others.
Early Notables of the Hollowel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hollowel family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hollowel or a variant listed above: Edward Hollowell, who arrived in Virginia in 1650; Rebecca Hollowell, who received a land grant for Virginia in 1688; Mary Hollowell, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1690.