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Holmes Family History

Holmes Name Meaning
English (chiefly central and northern England): variant of Holme.Scottish: probably a habitational name from Holmes near Dundonald, or from a place so called in the barony of Inchestuir.Scottish and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Thomáis, Mac Thómais (see McComb). In part of western Ireland, Holmes is a variant of Cavish (from Gaelic Mac Thámhais, another patronymic from Thomas).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Holmes Families

  • Number of Holmes families
     830 - 1,657
     277 - 829
     1 - 276
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Holmes families
     4,662 - 9,321
     1,555 - 4,661
     1 - 1,554
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Holmes families
     217 - 432
     73 - 216
     1 - 72
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Holmes Family Origin

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Holmes Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Holmes

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Holmes Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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