culture. Their name comes from having 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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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Holyoyck has undergone many spelling variations
, including Holyoake, Holyoak, Holyoke and others.
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Holyoyck were among those contributors: Edward Holyoke settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630.