Where did the English Holland family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Holland family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Holland include Holland, Holand and others.
First found in Lincolnshire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Gabriel Holland settled in Virginia in 1623; Edward Holland settled in Virginia in 1637; John Holland settled in Jamaica in 1661; another John Holland settled in Virginia in 1649.
Suggested Readings for the name Holland
* Gone to Texas: A Compendium of the Dulaney, Haddox, Heaton, Holland and Martin Families by Mary Rebecca Scott.
Some noteworthy people of the name Holland
* Brian Holland (b. 1941), composer
* Eddie Holland (b. 1939), composer
* Jerome Holland, American Diplomat
* Robert Holland, American Economist
* Eric Holland, New Zealand Company Director
* Phillip Holland, British Politician
* Thomas Holland (1908-1999), former Bishop of Salford.
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