Holyman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Holyman is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who was referred to as the Holy-man. [1] A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favoured style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Holyman family

The surname Holyman was first found in Berkshire where Roger Haliman was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1212. Years later in Lincolnshire, William Holyman was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1276, as was Richard Hollyman. [2]

Early History of the Holyman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holyman research. Another 46 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1495, 1558, 1512, 1514, 1518 and 1526 are included under the topic Early Holyman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holyman Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Holyman were recorded, including Hollyman, Holyman, Holleyman, Holeyman, Holliman, Holiman and many more.

Early Notables of the Holyman family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Holyman (1495-1558), was Bishop of Bristol, was a native of Coddington, near Haddenham in Buckinghamshire. He was educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford, and in...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holyman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Holyman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Holyman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • W. Holyman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1868


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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