The Hollow One Name Study

The Hollow One-Name Study

My name is Colin Hollow and I have decided to embark on a one name study of Hollow. I live in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and have been researching my family history off and on for the last twenty years. In that period I have collected many references, pedigrees and family trees that are not linked to mine. I have a belief however that many will be linked if I can get back far enough. I have now retired and have more time to pursue the hobby and the one name study is the result. I have registered the study with the Guild of One Name Studies      

The aim of the study is to collect references to the name Hollow and variants of it worldwide. The variants such as Hallo, Hallow, Holla, Hollaw, Hollah, Hollowe. I have excluded Hollows as I don't think this name has the same Cornish origins. I based this on the following:

In 1890 Henry Brougham Guppy published his "Homes of Family Names in Great Britain",(Harrison 1890).
Guppy made a particular study of the names of farmers, whom he described as 'the most stay-at-home class of the country'. and he discovered that in each county their surnames fell into groups:
1. General - names found all over the country.
2. Common - names found in 20-29 counties
3. Regional - names found in 10-19 counties
4. District - names found in 4-9 counties
5. County - names found in 2-3 counties
6. Peculiar - names found mainly in one county only.

The surname Hollow appears in the peculiar to one county list for Cornwall.

This information came from The Guiness Book of Names, Leslie Dunkling, Guiness Publishing Ltd. 5th Edn. 1991

I propose to use the data I collect to build up family trees and to link them together as much as possible. I also want to collect the family history of the different groups of Hollow. The study will include research into the origin of the name Hollow and its distribution across the world.

In developing the Hollow One Name Study I intend to:

  • Keep a central record of Hollow data
  • Provide support for Hollow researchers by, providing information from the database and putting people in touch with others who are researching the same line
  • Publish the Hollow database on the internet (The material on the internet will not contain information about people who are living or who were born after 1920).
  • Analyse the information from different sources to make links between families
  • Let people know where the sources of data are
  • Circulate a newsletter amongst Hollow researchers or other interested people
  • Develop a directory of Hollow researchers
  • Study the worldwide distribution of Hollow.
  • Research the origin of the Hollow name.
  • Collect photographs, especially digital, of Hollows, their relatives and places linked to the Hollow name.
I hope that you will join me in pooling information of your Hollow connection and if I can help you in any way I will.

Colin Hollow

Copyright 2018 Colin Hollow

Last Modified : 8 August 2018