The history of the Holyoick family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living beside or close to a religious marker such as an oak where gospel readings were made during Rogation Days.
Early Origins of the Holyoick family
The surname Holyoick was first found in Staffordshire
. Holy-Oakes is a very small liberty in Leicestershire
. In the late 1800's only two people lived there. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Holyoick family
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Holyoick Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Holyoick include Holyoake, Holyoak, Holyoke and others.
Early Notables of the Holyoick family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holyoick family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Holyoick or a variant listed above: Edward Holyoke settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630.