The name Holwill is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family 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 Holywell and Northumberland.
Early Origins of the Holwill family
The surname Holwill 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.
Early History of the Holwill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holwill 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 Holwill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Holwill Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Holwill has been spelled many different ways, including Halliwell, Halligwell, Haliwell and others.
Early Notables of the Holwill family (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 Holwill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Holwill family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Holwill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Holwill, aged 42, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Friday 29 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marshall Bennett 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1853.shtml.