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The name Holyoeck has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived beside or close to a religious marker such as an oak where gospel readings were made during Rogation Days.

Early Origins of the Holyoeck family

The surname Holyoeck was first found in Staffordshire. Holy-Oakes is a very small liberty in Leicestershire. In the late 1800's only two people lived there. [1]

Early History of the Holyoeck family

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Holyoeck Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Holyoeck have been found, including Holyoake, Holyoak, Holyoke and others.

Early Notables of the Holyoeck family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Holyoeck family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Holyoeck, or a variant listed above: Edward Holyoke settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook