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Holland Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÓileáin, a variant of Ó hAoláin, from a form of Faolán (with loss of the initial F-), a personal name representing a diminutive of faol ‘wolf’. Compare Whelan. English and Scottish: habitational name from Holland, a division of Lincolnshire, or any of the eight villages in various parts of England so called, from Old English hoh ‘ridge’ + land ‘land’. The Scottish name may also be from places called Holland in Orkney, Houlland in Shetland, Hollandbush in Stirlingshire, and Holland-Hirst in the parish of Kirkintilloch. English, German, Jewish (Ashkenazic), Danish, and Dutch: regional name from Holland, a province of the Netherlands.

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

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

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Where is the Holland family from?

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 1891 there were 4,816 Holland families living in Lancashire. This was about 22% of all the recorded Holland's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Holland families in 1891.
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What did your Holland ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Holland. 7% of Holland men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Holland women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Holland were Bricklayer and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

There are 837,000 census records available for the last name Holland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Holland census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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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 UK, 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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