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HOLMES - Name Meaning & Origin


Last Name Meaning & Genealogy Links for the Surname HOLMES

Meaning & Origin:

A geographical surname from the northern Middle English holm, meaning "island" for an individual who lived on an island, or a piece of low-lying meadow lands near or surrounded by water.

Also, a geographic surname for someone who lived near where holly trees grew, from the Middle English holm.

Sometimes an Anglicized version of the Irish, Mac an Thomáis.

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname HOLMES:

Common Surname Search Tips
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HOLMES Family Genealogy Forum
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FamilySearch - HOLMES Genealogy
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HOLMES Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Holmes surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

Surname Finder - HOLMES Genealogy & Family Resources
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Cousin Connect - HOLMES Genealogy Queries
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DistantCousin.com - HOLMES Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Holmes.

MyCinnamonToast.com - HOLMES Genealogy in All Regions
Centralized search results for family trees and other genealogy info on the Holmes surname.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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