The surname of HOLLOW was a locational name 'the dweller at the hole' the cavity, or the hollow, from residence therein or besides an open rock or hollow. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land and indicated where he actually lived. The name is also spelt HOLE and HOLLOWS. Early records of the name mention William de la Hollow 1200, County Durham. Richard de la Hole, was recorded in the year 1273 in the County of Oxford. Hugh del Hole was documented in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1296. Willelmus in le Hole, of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John Hole and Sarah Andrews were married in London in the year 1626. John Hole married Sarah Andrews at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1806. At first 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, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. The name HOLAH (which is a variant) seems to have originated in Yorkshire, where this spelling is first recorded in the early 18th century.
The arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes
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