Last name: HOLMES

Welcome at Geneanet!

Welcome at Geneanet!

With Geneanet, find your ancestors from home, create your family tree for free, and explore and share your family history. Genealogy has never been easier, thanks to our database of 9 billion individuals, and our community of enthusiasts.

All you have to know about the last name HOLMES

Last name frequency

HOLMES : This last name is indexed 735,118 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

HOLMES : 1: English: either from the plural form of Holme or else a variant of Holme or Home with excrescent -s (see Holm).2: 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).3: 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.

Learn more

Variants of last name

The spelling of names may have changed over the centuries. Knowing these names variants will help you build your family tree.

Search a name

Discover your ancestors and build your family tree step by step through billions of data included in our members' family trees and through civil records.

Most popular first names

Most indexed places

Most indexed countries

Available collections for this name