tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Holyoech family once lived beside or close to a religious marker such as an oak where gospel readings were made during Rogation Days.
. Holy-Oakes is a very small liberty in
. In the late 1800's only two people lived there.
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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Holyoech family name include Holyoake, Holyoak, Holyoke and others.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Holyoech surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Edward Holyoke settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630.