Last name origins & meanings:
- English and French: occupational name for a brothelkeeper,
Middle English, Old French holier, hollier (a
dissimilated variant of horier ‘pimp’, agent noun from
hore, hure ‘whore’, of Germanic origin). It was probably
also used as an abusive nickname.
- English: topographic name for
someone who lived by a holly grove or conspicuous holly tree, from a
derivative of Middle English holi(e), holin ‘holly
(tree)’ (from Old English hold(g)n).
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