Type Surname (from occupation)
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Contributor Contrib.SeaHorse15 on 3/7/2012
Occupational name for a male brothel keeper, from a dissimilated variant of Old French horier "pimp", which was the agent noun of hore "whore, prostitute". Hollier was probably also used as an abusive nickname in Middle English and Old French.As an English surname it may in some cases derive from Middle English holi(e) or holin meaning "holly (tree)", denoting a person who lived by a holly grove or a conspicuous holly tree.