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Early Origins of the Holyoake family

The surname Holyoake was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Holyoake family

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Holyoake Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Holyoake has undergone many spelling 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 Holyoake family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Holyoake family to the New World and Oceana

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Holyoake were among those contributors:

Holyoake Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bert Holyoake, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • Phillip Holyoake, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1923
  • William Holyoake, aged 51, who settled in America, in 1923

Holyoake Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Holyoake, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1843 aboard the ship Indus
  • Richard Holyoake, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1843 aboard the ship "Indus"

Contemporary Notables of the name Holyoake (post 1700)

  • Ronald Holyoake (1894-1966), English cricketer
  • George Holyoake (1817-1906), English secularist and co-operator
  • David Holyoake (b. 1982), Associate Composer, Australian Music Centre
  • Holly Holyoake, Welsh International award winning soprano
  • Sir Keith Jacka Holyoake KG, GCMG, CH, QSO, KStJ (1904-1983), New Zealand Politician, National Party Prime Minister (1957 and 1960-1972), Governor-General of New Zealand (1977 to 1980)
  • Holly Holyoake (b. 1988), Welsh classical music singer

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