name Hollywood comes from when the family resided as inhabitants at the hollow-way or holy way.
Hollywood is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names.
Early Origins of the Hollywood family
The surname Hollywood was first found in Middlesex at Holloway, a district in the parish of Islington, Finsbury division of the hundred
of Ossulstone. Today, it is part of Greater London. There are a few different possible origins of the place name but the generally accepted origin is from the Old English words hol + weg which evolved to mean "the road with a hollow." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
One of the first listings of the district was in 1307, when it was listed as Le Holeweye.
Early History of the Hollywood family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollywood research.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1826, 1684, 1666, 1734, 1720, 1734, 1722, 1723 and are included under the topic Early Hollywood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hollywood Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hollywood has been recorded under many different variations, including Holloway, Hollway, Holoway, Hollaway, Hollywood and others.
Early Notables of the Hollywood family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: James Holloway (died 1684), an English merchant from Bristol, and conspirator of the Rye House Plot; and John... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hollywood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hollywood family to Ireland
Some of the Hollywood family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 119 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hollywood family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hollywood or a variant listed above:
Hollywood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Rose Ann Hollywood, aged 17, who arrived in America from County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1893
- B. Hollywood, aged 27, who arrived in America, in 1894
- Kak Hollywood, aged 40, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1897
Hollywood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Benjamin Hollywood, aged 30, who arrived in America from County Armagh, Ireland, in 1903
- Bernard Hollywood, aged 22, who arrived in America from County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1905
- Cassie Hollywood, aged 26, who arrived in America from County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1907
- Lilly Hollywood, aged 21, who arrived in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1907
- William Hollywood, aged 27, who arrived in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
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Hollywood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Owen Hollywood, aged 29, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
- Catherine Hollywood, aged 27, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
Contemporary Notables of the name Hollywood (post 1700)
- Paul John Hollywood (b. 1966), English baker, celebrity chef and cookbook author, best known for being a judge on The Great British Bake Off
- Matt Hollywood (b. 1973), American indie rock guitarist and singer
- Gary Michael Hollywood (b. 1979), Scottish actor who is best known for his role as Dino Doyle in the BAFTA-winning show Mrs. Brown's Boys
- Kate Hollywood (b. 1986), Australian two-time gold and silver medalist field hockey player