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, Top 1%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Holmes for boys. Holmes has not been ranked in the Top 1000/100 so far. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).