name. It comes from when a family lived beside or close to a religious marker such as an oak where gospel readings were made during Rogation Days.
. Holy-Oakes is a very small liberty in
. In the late 1800's only two people lived there.
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Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hollyoeck were recorded, including Holyoake, Holyoak, Holyoke and others.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hollyoeck family emigrate to North America: Edward Holyoke settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630.