Hollyman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hollyman comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who was referred to as the Holy-man. [1] A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favoured style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Hollyman family

The surname Hollyman was first found in Berkshire where Roger Haliman was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1212. Years later in Lincolnshire, William Holyman was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1276, as was Richard Hollyman. [2]

Early History of the Hollyman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollyman research. Another 46 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1495, 1558, 1512, 1514, 1518 and 1526 are included under the topic Early Hollyman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hollyman Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hollyman has undergone many spelling variations, including Hollyman, Holyman, Holleyman, Holeyman, Holliman, Holiman and many more.

Early Notables of the Hollyman family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Holyman (1495-1558), was Bishop of Bristol, was a native of Coddington, near Haddenham in Buckinghamshire. He was educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford, and in...
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United States Hollyman migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hollyman were among those contributors:

Hollyman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Hollyman to Virginia in 1656
  • William Hollyman, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [3]
Hollyman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles E. Hollyman, aged 24, who immigrated to America from Bristol, England, in 1910
  • Harry Hollyman, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Frank Hollyman, who landed in America from Cardiff, in 1919
  • F. Hollyman, who landed in America from Cardiff, in 1919
  • Robert M. Hollyman, aged 37, who landed in America from Buenos Aires, Argentine, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hollyman (post 1700) +

  • Herb Hollyman, former American football coach in the United States
  • Thomas Benton Hollyman (1919-2009), American photographer
  • Kenneth Charles "Ken" Hollyman (1922-2009), Welsh professional footballer


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)


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