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Early Origins of the Holyoake family

The surname Holyoake 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 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

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 Holyoake migration to the United States +

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 immigrated 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

Australia Holyoake migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Holyoake Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Holyoake, English convict who was convicted in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

New Zealand Holyoake 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:

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

  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook