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Origins of the Holland surname

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What does the name Holland mean?

The origin of the Holland surname is geographic. It can come from the well-known area of the Netherlands of the same name and can refer to somebody who originates from that location, but more often has a local English source. There are two 'Holland' or 'Holand's in Lancashire, and it is thought that most of the bearers of this surname have ancestors that originate from this area rather than in continental Europe.

Alternative variations of the name Holland

Holland, Howland, Hollande, Holand, Helland

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Where do most Hollands live?

In 1921, most Hollands lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Hollands

How common is your surname?

151st most common surname in the UK

We have 218,000 records for the Holland surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Hollands most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Holland first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Holland family members

Common jobs for Hollands

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Hollands in 1921


Cotton Weaver


Domestic Servant




General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Hollands in 1921
Coal Miner


General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer






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