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Holland Name Meaning

English German Dutch Danish Norwegian Swedish French and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from Holland a province of the Netherlands. English: habitational name from Downholland or Upholland (Lancashire) Hulland (Derbyshire) the Parts of Holland one of the three administrative subdivisions of Lincolnshire any of the four places called Hoyland (southern Yorkshire) and possibly Great and Little Holland (Essex). The placenames all derive from Old English hōh ‘heel spur of land’ + land ‘land’. English: habitational name either from Hoeland (Farm) in Bury (Sussex) or from Holland's Barn in Albourne (Sussex). The placename in Bury has the same etymology as in 1 above while the placename in Albourne may derive from Old English hol ‘hole hollow’ + land ‘land’. English: habitational name from one or other of the minor places called Holland in Devon especially that in Bradstone. Most of the placenames derive from Old English hol ‘hole hollow’ or hōh ‘heel spur of land’ + land ‘land’ though Holland in Plympton Saint Mary derives from the Old English personal name Hūna + Old English land. English: possibly an variant of Oldland a habitational name from Oldland (Gloucestershire). The placename means ‘the old land’ from Old English eald ‘old’ + land ‘land’. Compare Aland Irish (Cork): variant of Holian .7: Norwegian (Hølland): habitational name from the farm name Hølland found in two places in southwestern Norway a compound of Old Norse hylr ‘deep pool in a river’ and land ‘(piece of) land farmstead’.8: Dutch and German: habitational name from any of several places so named.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Hoyland, Hollands, Boland, Rowland, Hyland, Helland, Hofland, Bolland

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You can see how Holland families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Holland family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Holland families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 120 Holland families living in Tennessee. This was about 11% of all the recorded Holland's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Holland families in 1840.
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What did your Holland ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Holland. 16% of Holland men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Holland women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Holland were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 101,000 immigration records available for the last name Holland. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 131,000 military records available for the last name Holland. For the veterans among your Holland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Holland lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Holland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Holland in 1941 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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