Olis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Olis name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near a field of holly having derived from the word for holly in the language of the time. In the Old English the word for holly is holegn, or perhaps holen; in the Old English the words for holly were holei or holen. The original bearer of the name lived near a patch of holly noted for its fecundity.
Early Origins of the Olis family
The surname Olis was first found in Nottinghamshire 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.
Important Dates for the Olis family
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Olis 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 Olis were recorded, including Hollis, Holles, Hollys, Hollyes, Holleis, Hollies and others.
Early Notables of the Olis family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir William Holles (or Hollyes) (1471-1542), Lord Mayor of London; John Holles, 2nd Earl of Clare (1595-1666), an English nobleman; Gilbert Holles, 3rd Earl of Clare (1633-1689); John Holles, 1st Earl of Clare (1564-1637), an English nobleman; Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles PC (1599-1680), an English statesman and writer, best known as...
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Olis migration to the United States
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 Olis family emigrate to North America:
Olis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ignac Olis, who settled in Galveston, Texas in 1903
Contemporary Notables of the name Olis (post 1700)
- Verna Olis, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1956 
- Anthony A. Olis, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1952 
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