Holtoway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient roots of the Holtoway family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Holtoway comes from when the family lived as inhabitants at the hollow-way or holy way. Holtoway 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 Holtoway family
The surname Holtoway 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."  One of the first listings of the district was in 1307, when it was listed as Le Holeweye.
Important Dates for the Holtoway family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holtoway research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1826, 1684, 1666, 1734, 1720, 1734, 1722, 1723 and are included under the topic Early Holtoway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Holtoway Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Holtoway has appeared include Holloway, Hollway, Holoway, Hollaway, Hollywood and others.
Early Notables of the Holtoway 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...
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Migration of the Holtoway family to Ireland
Some of the Holtoway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Holtoway family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Holtoway arrived in North America very early: Dorothy Hollway settled in Barbados in 1663; with William her husband; William Holloway settled in Maryland in 1775; Eadie Holloway settled with Elizabeth and Joe in Virginia in 1635.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)