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Hollandsworth Coat of Arms / Hollandsworth Family Crest

Hollandsworth Coat of Arms / Hollandsworth Family Crest

HOLLANDSWORTH was a locational name 'of Hollingworth' the name of places in Cheshire and Lancashire. The name was derived from the Old English word 'holinwurt' and meant the dweller beside the holy enclosure, or one who dwelt near the church or temple. Early records of the name mention HOLISURDE (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name was documented as HOLYENWORTH (without surname) in the year 1285. Johannes de Holynworth, 1273, County Yorkshire. John de Holynworth of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John de Holynworth of Disley, County Chester, was documented in the year 1438. John Hollinsworth and Margaret Smyth were married at Prestbury Church, Cheshire in the year 1560. The name is also spelt HOLLINGSWORTH. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th until the 13th century, a need was felt for a family name in addition to the one given at birth. This was firstly recognized by those of noble birth, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Originally the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.

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