Where did the English holloway family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the holloway family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name holloway include Holloway, Hollway, Holoway, Hollaway and others.
First found in Somersetshire 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.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them travelled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name holloway or a variant listed above: Dorothy Hollway settled in the 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.
Some noteworthy people of the name holloway
* Josh Holloway (b. 1969), American television and film actor.
* John Holloway, English poet
* A. Gordon L. Holloway, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick
* Stanley Holloway, British Actor
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