What does Holmes mean?
Holmes \ho(l)-mes\ as a boys' 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 an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#161 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Holmes for boys. Holmes has not been listed in the Top 1000 so far. (2014 Birth Statistics)