Hollowell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Hollowell family

The surname Hollowell 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. [1]

Important Dates for the Hollowell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollowell research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 120 and 1200 are included under the topic Early Hollowell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hollowell Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hollowell include Halliwell, Halligwell, Haliwell, Hollowell and others.

Early Notables of the Hollowell family (pre 1700)

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Hollowell migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hollowell or a variant listed above:

Hollowell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Hollowell, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [2]
  • Edward Hollowell, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [2]
  • Rebecca Hollowell, who received a land grant for Virginia in 1688
  • Mary Hollowell, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1690
Hollowell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Hollowell, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1773
  • Ann Hollowell, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]

Hollowell migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hollowell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mary Hollowell, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Hollowell 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:

Hollowell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Hollowell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Hollowell (post 1700)

  • Terri Hollowell (b. 1956), American singer
  • Buddy Ryan Hollowell (b. 1943), American baseball catcher, College World Series Most Outstanding Player (1963)
  • Alicia Kay Hollowell (b. 1984), American right-handed softball pitcher
  • George L. Hollowell, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Marine Corps, during World War II, credited with 8 aerial victories
  • James Hollowell VC (1823-1876), English recipient of the Victoria Cross

Historic Events for the Hollowell family

USS Arizona
  • Mr. George Sanford Hollowell, American Coxswain from Arizona, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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