The origins of the Holyoack name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Holyoack was originally derived from a family having lived beside or close to a religious marker such as an oak where gospel readings were made during Rogation Days.
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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Holyoack include Holyoake, Holyoak, Holyoke and others.
Early Notables of the Holyoack family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holyoack family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Edward Holyoke settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630.