Hullyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
There are several different possible derivations for this surname. Some lines of the name may be descended from the French name d'Ollier. The name Hullyer in some cases, is thought to have been an occupational name for a brothel-keeper, from the Middle English and Old French word "holier," itself a variation of "horier." Another derivation sees the name coming from the plant name holly, in which case the name was probably topographic, referring to someone who live near a holly tree.
Early Origins of the Hullyer family
The surname Hullyer was first found in Bedfordshire, where a Robert le Holyere was on record in the Subsidy Rolls of 1309.
Early History of the Hullyer family
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Hullyer Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hollyer, Hullyer, Hollister, Hollier and others.
Early Notables of the Hullyer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hullyer family
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hullyer or a variant listed above: Julian Hollier, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; Hugh Hollier, who settled in Salem, MA in 1629; John Hollier, a servant sent to Barbados in 1655; Joane Hollyer, a servant sent to Virginia in 1667.
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