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Early Origins of the Holyoak family

The surname Holyoak was first found in Leicestershire at Holy-Oakes, a liberty, in the parish of DryStoke, union of Uppingham, hundred of Gartree. Historically, a very small liberty with only a few inhabitants, but nevertheless, it was a significant home to a number of important people which we shall explore.

The first record of the family was Gerard de Haliach, who was found here in the Pipe Rolls of 1188. Later in Worcester, Peter de la Holyok was registered in 1300. [1]

Early History of the Holyoak family

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Holyoak Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Holyoak has been recorded under many different variations, including Hollyoke, Holyoke, Hollyoak, Hollioake, Hollyoak, Holioke, Hollioke, Hallioke, Hallyoke, Ollioke, Olyoke, Hollioak, Holyoak, Holyoake, Hollyhock, Hollyock and many more.

Early Notables of the Holyoak family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Francis Holyoake (1567-1653), a British lexicographer, born at Nether Whitacre, Warwickshire. "About 1582 he studied as a commoner at Queen's College, Oxford, though it does not appear that he took a...
  • By his wife, Judith Holyoake, he had an only son, Thomas Holyoake (1616?-1675), born at Stoneythorpe, Warwickshire, who attended Coventry grammar school, entered Queen’s College, Oxford, in Michaelmas...
  • Henry Holyoake (1657-1731) was headmaster of Rugby School, born probably in Warwickshire in 1657, and was the son of Thomas Holyoake. [2]

United States Holyoak migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Holyoak or a variant listed above:

Holyoak Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Holyoak and David Holyoak, who were both listed as British Deportees to America in 1767
Holyoak Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hy. Holyoak, aged 56, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Holyoak Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur E. Holyoak, aged 20, who landed in America from Swindon, in 1904
  • George Holyoak, aged 24, who landed in America from Bradford, in 1904
  • Mary Holyoak, aged 28, who landed in America from Manchester, in 1905
  • Arthur Leslie Holyoak, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Birmingham, England, in 1913
  • Percy Hobson Holyoak, aged 45, who settled in America from Amersham, England, in 1920

New Zealand Holyoak 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:

Holyoak Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Holyoak, aged 30, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Eliza Holyoak, aged 20, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Richard Holyoak, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • James Holyoak, aged 21, a hammerman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Holyoak (post 1700) +

  • Keith James Holyoak (b. 1950), Canadian researcher in cognitive psychology and cognitive science

HMS Royal Oak
  • Edward Holyoak (d. 1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [3]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook