The origins of the Houldoway name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived as inhabitants at the hollow-way or holy way.
Houldoway is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names.
Early Origins of the Houldoway family
The surname Houldoway was first found in Middlesex at Holloway, a district in the parish of Islington, Finsbury division of the hundred
of Ossulstone. Today, it is part of Greater London. There are a few different possible origins of the place name but the generally accepted origin is from the Old English words hol + weg which evolved to mean "the road with a hollow." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
One of the first listings of the district was in 1307, when it was listed as Le Holeweye.
Early History of the Houldoway family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houldoway research.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1826, 1684, 1666, 1734, 1720, 1734, 1722, 1723 and are included under the topic Early Houldoway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houldoway Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Houldoway were recorded, including Holloway, Hollway, Holoway, Hollaway, Hollywood and others.
Early Notables of the Houldoway family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: James Holloway (died 1684), an English merchant from Bristol, and conspirator of the Rye House Plot; and John... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houldoway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houldoway family to Ireland
Some of the Houldoway family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 119 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houldoway family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Houldoway family emigrate to North America: Dorothy Hollway settled in Barbados in 1663; with William her husband; William Holloway settled in Maryland in 1775; Eadie Holloway settled with Elizabeth and Joe in Virginia in 1635.