The name ‘Holmes’ originates from England and Scotland. it is variant of the name ‘Holme’ which is a topographic name for someone who lived by a holly tree, from the Middle English word ‘holm’, a devergent development of the Old English word ‘hole(g)n’; the main development was towards modern English holly, It is also a topographic name for someone who lived on an island, in particular a piece of slightly raised land lying in a fen or partly surrounded by streams. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Holmes’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Goscelin de Holme’, from Suffolk , England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘John Holmes’, aged 32, from London, sailed from the Port of London on the 18th of December 1… Coat of arms: Sable on a…
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