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Holmes Name Meaning

English: either from the plural form of Holme or else a variant of Holme or Home with excrescent -s (see Holm ). Scottish: probably a habitational name from Holmes near Dundonald (Ayrshire) or possibly from another place so called in the barony of Inchestuir (Angus). Both placenames likely derive from the plural form of Middle English Older Scots holm ‘islet raised land in a marsh’ (see Holm ). Scottish and Irish: adopted for Scottish Gaelic and Irish Mac Thómais Mac Thómais (see McComb ). In parts of western Ireland Holmes is also a variant of Cavish from Gaelic Mac Thámhais another patronymic from Thomas . Early bearers in Ireland were probably immigrants from Scotland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Holme, Hilmes, Holm, Hole, Holmer, Holness, Harmes, Toles, Homme

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Where is the Holmes family from?

You can see how Holmes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Holmes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Holmes families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 523 Holmes families living in New York. This was about 25% of all the recorded Holmes's in USA. New York had the highest population of Holmes families in 1840.
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What did your Holmes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Holmes. 18% of Holmes men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Holmes women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Holmes were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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There are 176,000 military records available for the last name Holmes. For the veterans among your Holmes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Holmes lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Holmes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Holmes in 1940 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

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