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The present generation of the Holwell family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived near a holy spring having derived from the Old English terms halli, which meant holy, and welle, which meant spring. There are several place-names that are also derived from these words, including Halliwell in Lancashire, Holwell in Dorset and Oxfordshire, and Holywell and Northumberland.

Holwell Early Origins



The surname Holwell was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Holwell Spelling Variations


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Holwell Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Holwell include Halliwell, Halligwell, Haliwell and others.

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Holwell Early History


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Holwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holwell research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1535, 1548, 1564, 1649, 1686 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Holwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Holwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Holwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Oibert Halliwell of Halliwell; and Edward Halliwell, English fellow of King's College, Cambridge from 1535 to 1548 who wrote the lost tragedy, Dido, which was performed before Queen Elizabeth I during her royal visit to the university on 7 August 1564. John Holwell...

Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Holwell were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Holwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Holwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1653

Holwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Holwell, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
  • John Holwell, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
  • Eph Geo Holwell, aged 36, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1833

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Contemporary Notables of the name Holwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Holwell (post 1700)



  • Richard James Holwell (b. 1946), American former United States federal judge for the Southern District of New York (2002-2012)
  • William Holwell (1726-1798), English cleric and writer
  • John Zephaniah Holwell FRS (1711-1798), Irish-born, English surgeon, an employee of the English East India Company, and Governor of Bengal in 1760, a survivor of the Black Hole of Calcutta, June 1756, a monument of him is erected in Calcutta
  • David Holwell (b. 1976), New Zealand rugby union fly half who played from 1995 to 2007

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    The Holwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holwell 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 08:04.

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