Holley origins ?? (Ire., Eng., Scot.)
I just finished posting this on the HOLLEY & IRELAND boards as well.
I've got this HOLLEY ancestor who was a supposed immigrant from Ireland to the US. HOWEVER, there is no record of this guy ever being on a boat :-)
So.... I just got off Ireland.com. They have got a great script (http://scripts.ireland.com/ancestor/surname/) that will do a FREE search on a surname in Ireland based on these factors:
Enter a surname in the box above, and we will carry out a free search for:
...the number and location of households of the name in Ireland 1848-64;
...variant spellings or associated names;
...surname dictionary entries;
...the number and location of births of the name in 1890;
...published or printed family histories;
...a coat of arms associated with the name.
They even give the orginal Galiec name and it's meaning. If you want more details on the results though, you've got to pay a fee.
ANYWAY, "Holley" is not in a single record !!! :-( There is an infrequent number of "Holly" surnames & a "Holy" or two.
The suggestion given for the original spelling for Holley is "Mac Cuilinn", formerly Mac Uighilin from Hugelin, diminutive of Hugh. (Usually MacQuillan). Simply because this Galiec word MEANS Holly.
My question to you all is..Is Holley an Irish name at all?
My ancestor supposedly entered through the port of New Orleans, where (depending on what flag was flying at the time) your name could be spelled in a French, Spanish OR English fashion.
Which brings me to another question.
What variations have YOU seen?
Using the above variations, AS WELL as variations on the "Cullen" surname, I STILL cannot find my guy on any ship or census record. So, I guess I'm really as clueless as I was before I started my serious Irish researching.
What does anyone else's research show about this common yet elusive surname?
Kristy in SC