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Holmes 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 name Hume.
Similar baby names are Hermes, Hollis, Holman and Hulme.
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Popularity of Holmes
Holmes is not a popular first name for men but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#145 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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