What does the name Holmes mean?
There are a number of possible origins of the Holmes surname. Firstly and most commonly it is English, deriving from the Middle English 'holm' (holly tree) or the Old English 'holme' (flat island). Holmes would have been given as a geographic surname, to someone who lived near or next to these features. The surname Holmes can less commonly be Scottish, referring to those who came from a number of places called Holm.
The earliest occurrence of the Holmes surname in our family history documents is from 1438, and we currently have 1,893,980 records where Holmes appears.
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Typical jobs for Holmeses
Hard-working people, the Holmeses. 1896 worked as labourers, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Holmeses lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Holmes in Yorkshire.
Holmeses’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Holmeses were angels, apparently. We found 2079 in criminal records.
Holmeses in World War I
According to the World War I records, 3062 Holmeses served in the First World War.