Holmes Family History

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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

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

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Holmes Family Origin

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Holmes Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Holmes family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Holmes. The most common Holmes occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Holmes's were Farmers.

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  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Holmes Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Holmes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Holmes census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 125,000 immigration records available for the last name Holmes. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Holmes Life Expectancy

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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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