The ancient roots of the Holyoyke family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Holyoyke comes from when the 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 Holyoyke family
The surname Holyoyke 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 Holyoyke family
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Holyoyke Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Holyoyke has appeared include Holyoake, Holyoak, Holyoke and others.
Early Notables of the Holyoyke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holyoyke family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Holyoyke arrived in North America very early: Edward Holyoke settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630.