Holness
I remember seeing on Challenge this very week that they were showing non stop episodes of Blockbusters as a tribute to its host Bob Holness who died the day before, but Holness isn't on the list. Is it an African name? I'm sure I remember reading that he was born in Africa, but what is its meaning?
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Holness is thought to be from the lost placename Holmherst in Smarden (Kent), from Old English holegn ‘holly’ and hyrst ‘hillock, copse’.
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I always assumed it derived from the East Yorkshire district of Holderness.
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Seems like that's also a possibility according to the information at tinyurl.com/yjtno9y4.
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Thanks for the link.
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