name Holyoitch comes from the family having resided 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holyoitch research.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holyoitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Holyoitch has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Holyoake, Holyoak, Holyoke and others.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Holyoitchs to arrive on North American shores: Edward Holyoke settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630.