Holly Family History

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Holly Name Meaning

Irish: part-translation of Gaelic Mac Cuilinn (see McCullen) in County Kerry, and in Ulster sometimes a variant of McQuillan, also an Anglicized form of Mac Cuilinn. It is rarely of English origin. English: variant spelling of Holley. Possibly an altered spelling of Czech or Slovak Holý (see Holy).

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

Similar surnames: Solly, Polly, Dolly, Golly, Holy, Holl, Holey, Tolly, Goley, Holley

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Holly Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Holly name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Holly. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Holly Family Origin

Where is the Holly family from?

Holly Family Occupations

What did your Holly ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Carpenter and Merchant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Holly. A less common occupation for the Holly family was Servant. The most common Holly occupation in Canada was Farmer. 21% of Holly's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Merchant

  • Servant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Holly ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Holly Historical Records

What Holly family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 81,000 census records available for the last name Holly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Holly census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Holly. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Holly. For the veterans among your Holly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Holly Life Expectancy

What is the average Holly lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Holly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Holly in 1942 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Holly ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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