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Meaning and name origin
Holmes \ho(l)-mes\ as a boy's name is pronounced holms. It is of Middle English origin, and the meaning of Holmes is "holly; islands in the river". Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.
For more information, see also the related boy name Hume.
Holmes is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#145 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Holmes for boys (2015 statistics).
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