Hollowell Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Hollowell Origin:


Origins of Hollowell:

The surname of Hollowell is said to be a locational surname that stems from the country of England. Since the surname of Hollowell is said to be locational, this means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have take a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Hollowell, the locations from which this surname stemmed from include one “Halliwell” which was a township that was found within the parish of Dean, which is located in Lancashire. The second possible location of the surname of Hollowell also stems from the country of England, and is represented as a parish in the Diocese of Peterborough called “Hollowell.” The surname of Hollowell also had a significant religious affilitation, also making it a topographical surname. A topographical surname is used to describe someone who lived on or near a residential landmark. This landmark could be either man made or natural, and would have been easily identifiable in the area from which it hailed, thus making the people who lived near it easily distinguished. The word of Hollowell is also used to describe the “Holy Well.” The term of “Holy Well” was given to the many sacred fountains throughout the middle ages, and often these Holy Wells were near parishes and places in Lancashire, England, and Middlesex.


More common variations are: Hollowwell, Hollwell, Holowell, Holloell, Hellowell, Holliwell, Holleywell, Holywell, Hallwell, Holewell



The first recorded spelling of the surname of Hollowell can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of Adam de Holewell was mentioned and recorded in the document known as the Hundred Rolls of the county of Norfolk in the year of 1273. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King Edward I of England, who was known throughout the ages and commonly referred to as one “Longshanks,” and was also referred to as “The Hammer of the Scots.” King Edward I of England was such named because of the horrors and the hardships that he enacted upon the people of the country of Scotland throughout his reign. King Edward I of England ruled from the year of 1272 to the year of 1307. Other mentions of the surname of Hollowell in the country of England include one John de Holewell, who was mentioned as residing in the county of Lancashire in the year of 1288. Those who are known by the surname of Hollowell in the country of England can be found in large concentrations in the areas of Somerset, Buckinghamshire, Norfolk, Huntingdonshire, Devon, and the areas in and around the city of London.

United States of America:

In the 17th and 18th Centuries, many European citizens migrated to the United States of America in search of a better life. This large movement of people from the countries in Europe to the United States of America, which at that time was known as the Colonies or the New World, was known as the European Migration. Among those who migrated was one Tho Hollowell, who was recorded to have arrived in the state of Virginia in the year of 1649.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Hollowell: United States 6,379; England 366; Canada 91; Sweden 36; Scotland 33; Australia 19; China 2; Switzerland 2; Mexico 2; Japan 2; Spain 2; Denmark 1; Georgia 1; Dijbouti 1

Notable People:

Terri Hollowell (born in 1956) who was a singer from the United States of America.

Buddy Ryan Hollowell (born in 1943) who was a baseball catcher from the United States of America, and who was awarded the title of College World Series Most Outstanding Player in the year of 1963.

Alicia Kay Hollowell (born in 1984) who is a right-handed softball pitcher from the United States of America.

James Hollowell VC (1823-1876) who was a recipient of the Victoria Cross from the country of Englnad.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Or, on a bend gu. three goats pass. ar. Crest—A goat pass. ar. attired or.
2) Per chev. gu. and erm. three chessrooks counterchanged.

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