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Where did the Irish Holly family come from? What is the Irish Holly family crest and coat of arms? When did the Holly family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Holly family history?While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Holly is "Mac Cuilinn" or "O Cuilinn," which are from the word "cuileann," which means "holly."
Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Holly that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Cullen, Cullan, Cullane, O'Cullen, Cullain, Cullin, Cullon, McCullen, MacCullen, O'Cullane, Culen, Culan, Culain, Cullaine, Culaine, MacCulen, MacCollin, MacColin, O'Colen, O'Collen, O'Cuilin, O'Cuillin, O'Culane, O'Culen, O'Culhoon, O'Culloon, MacCullen, Cullain, Culon, Cullon, Culling and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holly research. Another 260 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1517, 1542, 1803, and 1878 are included under the topic Early Holly History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Holly, or one of its variants:
Holly Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Holly Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Holly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holly Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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