The ancestors of the name Holyoock date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Holyoock 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 Holyoock family
The surname Holyoock 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 Holyoock family
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Holyoock Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Holyoock are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Holyoock include: Holyoake, Holyoak, Holyoke and others.
Early Notables of the Holyoock family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holyoock family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Holyoock or a variant listed above: Edward Holyoke settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630.