Hollow


Hollow
Recorded in various spellings including Hollow, Hollows, Hollaway, Hollway, Hollwey, Holloway and Holoway, this is an English medieval surname. It is either locational from various places in England called Holloway, or topographical for someone who lived in or by a "hollow". Both derive from the pre 7th century word "holh", meaning hollow or sunken. The surname first appears in the early 12th century (see below), and other early recordings include: John de la Holeweye, who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1242, and Peter in le Halwye, an interesting mix of English and French, in the Hunbdred rolls of Cambridge in 1273. The Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield, the primary manor of Yorkshire, list John del Hollewaye as living in Yorkshire in 1308. A notable namebearer, listed in "The Dictionary of National Biography", was Sir Charles Holloway (1749 - 1827). He was a major-general in the royal engineers, and was knighted in 1803 after an illustrious campaign as commander of the Turkish army in Syria and Egypt against the French. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard de Holeweia. This was dated 1130, in the Pipe Rolls of Devonshire, during the reign of King Henry 1st of England, 1100 - 1135. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Hollow — may refer to: *A closed body which is not solid or filled. i.e. contains empty space or air. **Hollow Earth theory, the idea that the planet Earth has a hollow interior and possibly an inhabitable inner surface. **Tree hollow, a hollow in a… …   Wikipedia

  • Hollow — Hol low, a. [OE. holow, holgh, holf, AS. holh a hollow, hole. Cf. {Hole}.] 1. Having an empty space or cavity, natural or artificial, within a solid substance; not solid; excavated in the interior; as, a hollow tree; a hollow sphere. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hollow — [häl′ō] adj. [ME holwe < OE holh: see HOLE] 1. having an empty space, or only air, within it; having a cavity inside; not solid 2. depressed below the surrounding surface; shaped like a cup or bowl; concave 3. deeply set; sunken [hollow… …   English World dictionary

  • hollow — [adj1] empty, hollowed out alveolate, arched, carved out, cavernous, cleft, concave, cupped, cup shaped, curved, deep set, depressed, dimpled, excavated, incurved, indented, infundibular, notched, not solid, pitted, striated, sunken, troughlike,… …   New thesaurus

  • hollow — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having a hole or empty space inside. 2) concave. 3) (of a sound) echoing. 4) lacking significance or sincerity. ► NOUN 1) a hole or depression. 2) a small valley …   English terms dictionary

  • Hollow — Hol low, n. 1. A cavity, natural or artificial; an unfilled space within anything; a hole, a cavern; an excavation; as the hollow of the hand or of a tree. [1913 Webster] 2. A low spot surrounded by elevations; a depressed part of a surface; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hollow — Hol low, adv. Wholly; completely; utterly; chiefly after the verb to beat, and often with all; as, this story beats the other all hollow. See {All}, adv. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] The more civilized so called Caucasian races have beaten the Turks… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hollow — Hol low, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hollowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hollowing}.] To make hollow, as by digging, cutting, or engraving; to excavate. Trees rudely hollowed. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hollow — adj empty, *vain, nugatory, otiose, idle Ana & Contrasted words: see those at EMPTY adj 2 hollow n cavity, *hole, pocket, void, vacuum Analogous words: excavation, digging (see corresponding verbs at DIG): * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Hollow — Hol*low , interj. [See {Hollo}.] Hollo. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hollow — Hol low, v. i. To shout; to hollo. [1913 Webster] Whisperings and hollowings are alike to a deaf ear. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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