name Holywell comes from when the family resided near a holy spring having derived from the Old English terms halli,
which meant holy, and welle,
which meant spring. There are several place-names that are also derived from these words, including Halliwell in Lancashire
, Holwell in Dorset
, and Holywell and Northumberland.
Early Origins of the Holywell family
The surname Holywell was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Holywell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holywell research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1535, 1548, 1564, 1649, 1686 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Holywell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Holywell Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Holywell has been recorded under many different variations, including Halliwell, Halligwell, Haliwell and others.
Early Notables of the Holywell family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Oibert Halliwell of Halliwell; and Edward Halliwell, English fellow of King's College, Cambridge from 1535 to 1548 who wrote the lost tragedy, Dido, which was performed before Queen Elizabeth I during her royal visit to the university on 7 August 1564. John Holwell... Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holywell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Holywell family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Holywell or a variant listed above: Richard Halliwell settled in New York State in 1774.