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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]

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollowell research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 120 and 1200 are included under the topic Early Hollowell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • 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

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

Hollowell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mary Hollowell, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Hollowell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Hollowell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865

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  • 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
  • James Hollowell VC (1823-1876), English recipient of the Victoria Cross


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Hollowell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hollowell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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