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Holman is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is a name for a holy man who was a priest or friar. The surname Holman originally derived from the Old English word Hol or Hool. Another reference claims the name was derived from the Old English words "holh" + "mann" and literally meant "dweller by a hollow." 
The surname Holman was first found in Essex where one of the first records of the name was John Holman, Holeman who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. 
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. Holman has been recorded under many different variations, including Holman, Hollman, Holeman and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holman research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1593, 1669, 1659, 1638, 1633, 1633, 1700, 1661 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Holman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Holman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Holman or a variant listed above:
Holman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Edward Holman settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1621
- Edward Holman, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
- John Holman, who settled in Nantasket Massachusetts in 1630
- William Holman settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1630
- Edward Holman settled in Boston in 1632
Holman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Solomon Holman, who landed in New England in 1703
- Michael Holman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1794
Holman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph George Holman, who landed in America in 1812
- John W Holman, who arrived in Texas in 1835
- Isaac Holman, who arrived in Texas in 1835
- John Holman, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1842
- Matthew Holman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
Holman Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Herbert Holman, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
Holman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- G. Holman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838
- Henry Charles Holman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838
- John Holman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
- Mary Holman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
- John Holman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839
Holman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- H C Holman landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
- Edward Holman, aged 22, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
- Mary Ann Holman, aged 24, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
- Eliza Holman, aged 3 months, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
- C. Holman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
- Lee Holman (1954-2015), American basketball player, best known for his work with the Harlem Globetrotters
- Ralph Milo Holman (1914-2013), American attorney and judge, 74th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court (1965-1980)
- Major-General Jonathan Lane Holman (1897-1975), American Assistant to the Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (1948)
- Bill Holman (b. 1927), American jazz arranger
- Frank Ezekiel Holman (1886-1967), American Rhodes Scholar attorney
- Rufus Cecil Holman (1877-1959), American politician, U.S. Senator from Oregon (1939-45)
- John Holman (1918-1975), American NASCAR owner
- Mr. Frank Holman, English Third Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Mr. Harry Holman, aged 27, English Able Seaman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 7
- Early Carolina Heilmans (Hallmans-Holmans) 1736-1800 by Elmer Berley Hallman.
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The Holman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holman 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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