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What does Holmes mean?

Holmes Pronunciation of Holmes 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH Ho-, holly (tree), river, fictional (literary)




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How popular is Holmes?

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)

Holmes reached its top position of #1367 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Holmes name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Holmes outside U.S.

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