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Origin: English, French

Meaning: an occupational surname for a brothelkeeper, from Old French holier/hollier, a variant of horier meaning "pimp", from an agent noun of hore, hure meaning "whore". Apparently Hollier was also used as an abusive nickname.

Hollister is also an English habitational surname referring to someone who lived near a holly grove or a holly tree, derived from Middle English holie or holin meaning "holly".

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