The surname Hollaway is of English origin. It is a habitational name from any of the numerous minor places so called, from Old English ‘holh’, hollow, sunken and ‘weg’, way, path. The name thus comes to signify ‘dweller by a sunken-road’. A family could acquire a place name as a surname under three different circumstances: 1. the gentleman lived or worked in or near some topographical formation or landscape feature, either natural or artificial. 2. he formerly lived in a village and thus acquired the reputation of being from that place. 3. he owned or was lord of the village or manor designated. However, it is safe to say that in most cases a placename merely identifies the place where the original bearer of the name formerly resided; as is the case with the surname Holloway. The name dates back to the eleventh century were a Richard de Holeweia is recorded in historical archives. The name evovled through Holeweia, Holeweye, Holewey, del Hollewaye and atte Holewey, until the modern form of the surname was reached. The name was brought to Am… Coat of arms: Gules a fesse arge…
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