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Origins and History


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"HOLMES. Johannes Holmys, capellanus, witness in Ayr, 1460 (Ayr, p. 35), doubtless derived his name from the lands of Holmes near Dundonald in Kyle Stewart. There were also lands named Holmes in the barony of Inchestuir. James Hoomes in 1668 to find caution that he will not harm any of the inhabitants of Inverness (flee. Inc., n, p. 233). "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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Some Famous People with the surname of Holmes

Wikipedia John Curtis Holmes (August 8, 1944 ? March 13, 1988) better known as John C.
Wikipedia Larry Holmes (born November 3, 1949, in Cuthbert, Georgia) is a former world WBC and IBF heavyweight boxing champion.
Wikipedia David Holmes (March 10 1769 August 20 1832) was the last governor of the Mississippi Territory and the first governor of the State of Mississippi.
Wikipedia Herman Webster Mudgett (May 16, 1861 ? May 7, 1896), better known under the alias of Dr.
Wikipedia George Milton Holmes is a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's 92nd House district, including constituents in eastern Surry, northern Iredell and Yadkin counties.
Wikipedia Jessica Holmes (born August 29, 1973 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian comedian and actress.
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Wikipedia Simon Hugh Holmes (July 30, 1831 ? October 14, 1919) was a Nova Scotia politician, publisher and lawyer.
Wikipedia Hamilton E.
Wikipedia Priest Anthony Holmes(born October 7, 1973 in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is a former American football running back of the National Football League.
Wikipedia Rupert Holmes (born February 24, 1947) is an American-British composer, singer-songwriter, musician and author of plays, novels and stories.
Wikipedia Dame Kelly Holmes, DBE MBE (born 19 April 1970) is a retired British middle distance athlete.
Wikipedia David Holmes (born 14 February 1969) is a Northern Irish DJ, musician and composer.
Wikipedia John Holmes (March 14, 1773 ? July 7, 1843) was an American politician.
Wikipedia Paul Robert Holmes (born 16 January 1957, Sheffield) is a politician in the United Kingdom.
Wikipedia David Riordan "Dave" Holmes (born March 14, 1971) is a television personality who gained national attention as the runner-up on MTV's first Wanna Be a VJ contest in 1998.
Wikipedia William Edgar Holmes VC (26 June 1895 - 9 October 1918) was a British soldier, and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for gallantry in the face of the enemy given to British and Commonwealth forces, during the First World War.
Wikipedia Joel Holmes VC (1821 - 27 July 1872) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Wikipedia Frederick William Holmes VC (15 September 1889 ? 22 October 1969) was a British soldier, and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for gallantry in the face of the enemy given to British and Commonwealth forces, during the First World War.
Wikipedia Mike Holmes (born 3 August 1963) is a Canadian professional contractor best known for his television show "Holmes on Homes" where he rescues homeowners from renovations gone wrong.
Wikipedia John Clellon Holmes (March 12, 1926 - March 30, 1988), born in Holyoke Massachusetts, was an author, poet and professor, best known for his 1952 novel "Go".
Wikipedia Robert Denison Holmes (May 11, 1909 ? June 6, 1976) was an American politician and journalist from the U.
Wikipedia Thomas William Holmes VC (October 14, 1898 - January 4, 1950) was a soldier in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for gallantry in the face of the enemy given to British and Commonwealth forces, during the First World War.
Wikipedia Harry "Hap" Holmes (February 21, 1892?? June 27, 1941) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender.
Wikipedia William Henry Holmes (December 1, 1846 ? April 20, 1933) was an American anthropologist, archaeologist, geologist and museum director.
Wikipedia David Holmes (born 1981) was the stunt double for Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in the first seven movies, and was credited as playing the role of Adrian Pucey in "the Philosopher's Stone".
Wikipedia John Holmes (1 March 1789 ? 3 June 1876) was a Canadian politician.
Wikipedia John Holmes (1828 ? 24 September 1879) was a Canadian politician and surveyor.
Wikipedia Eamonn Holmes (born 3 December 1959) is an Northern Irish journalist and media personality.
Wikipedia Robert A.
Wikipedia Clint Holmes (born 9 May 1946), is a singer-songwriter and Las Vegas entertainer.
Wikipedia Sir Charles John Holmes, KCVO (1868 - 1936) was a British painter, art critic and museum director.
Wikipedia Michelle Holmes (born 1 January 1967) is an English actress who has appeared in several television serials.
Wikipedia Thomas Francis Holmes (March 29 1917 ? April 14 2008) was an American right and center fielder and manager in Major League Baseball who played nearly his entire career for the Boston Braves.
Wikipedia Chris Holmes (full name Christopher John Holmes) is a musician who was born June 23, 1958 in Glendale, California and grew up in La Canada, California.
Wikipedia Cristof Cristian (born March 23, 1961), commonly known as Steve Holmes, is a Romanian-born German pornographic actor who started his career in 1997.
Wikipedia Daniel Henry Holmes (April 28 1816 ? July 3 1898) was born in the Point Pleasant area of Clermont County, Ohio.
Wikipedia Percy Holmes, born at Oakes, Huddersfield, on November 25, 1886 and died at Huddersfield on September 3, 1971, was a cricketer who played for Yorkshire and England.
Wikipedia Alex Holmes (born August 22, 1981 in San Diego, California) was a National Football League tight end.
Wikipedia Santonio Holmes, Jr.
Wikipedia Kate Noelle "Katie" Holmes (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress who first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama "Dawson's Creek" from 1998 to 2003.
Wikipedia Hugh Holmes QC (17 February 1840 ? 19 April, 1916) was an Irish Conservative Party then after 1886 a Unionist Member of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom Parliament and subsequently a Judge.
Wikipedia John B.
Wikipedia Theophilus Hunter Holmes (November 13, 1804 ? June 21, 1880) was a career U.
Wikipedia The Rev.
Wikipedia Valerie Susan Holmes (born November 1946), representing England, is the 1969 winner of the Miss International beauty pageant.
Wikipedia Lee Daniel Holmes (born 2 April 1987) is an English footballer who plays for Southampton.
Wikipedia Richard Homes (aka Rick Holmes) (born March 16, 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a contemporary American actor of the stage and screen.
Wikipedia Tina Holmes (born 1973 in New York, New York) is an American television and film actress.
Wikipedia Derek Holmes (born 11 October 1978 in Lanark, Scotland) is a Scottish association footballer whose role is a play linking forward to set up team mates in attack.
Wikipedia Pehr Gustaf Holmes (April 9, 1881 - December 19, 1952) was a United States Representative from Massachusetts.
Wikipedia Howdy S.
Wikipedia James William Holmes (c.
Wikipedia Ashton Holmes (born February 17, 1978) is an American actor of film and television and a former soap opera actor, best known for the role of Jack Stall in "A History of Violence".
Wikipedia Scott Holmes (born May 30, 1952, West Grove, Pennsylvania) is an actor, best known for the role of District Attorney Tom Hughes in the CBS soap opera "As the World Turns", a role he has played since 1987.
Wikipedia Genta Hawkins Holmes (b.
Wikipedia Michael Holmes (born in December 1960 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian anchor and correspondent for CNN International.
Wikipedia "For Howard Elbert Holmes, also known as Ducky, baseball player, see Ducky Holmes (catcher)"James William "Ducky" Holmes (January 28, 1869 ? August 6, 1932) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball.
Wikipedia Nicholas Charles Holmes (born 11 November 1954, Southampton) is a former footballer, who won the FA Cup Final with Southampton in 1976 and is currently general manager of Salisbury City.
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Wikipedia Martha Holmes Waxman (7 February 1923 in Louisville, Kentucky - 19 September 2006 in Manhattan, New York City, New York) was an American photographer and photojournalist.
Wikipedia Benjamin Holmes (April 23 1794 ? May 23 1865) was a Quebec businessman and political figure.
Wikipedia Joshua Holmes (born in Jackson, Tennessee on February 19, 1978) is an American model and attorney known primarily for his celebrity blog Bumpshack.
Wikipedia Stuart Holmes (10 March 1884, Chicago, Illinois - 29 December 1971, Hollywood, California) was an American actor whose career spanned 7 decades, appearing in almost 450 films between 1909 and 1964.
Wikipedia Baskerville Holmes (May 5 1964 ? March 18 1997) was an American professional basketball player from Memphis, Tennessee who was selected in the 1986 NBA Draft with the 68th (3rd round) pick by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Wikipedia James Paul Holmes (born November 11, 1953 in Dublin) is an Irish former professional footballer.
Wikipedia Peter James Holmes (born 18 November 1980) is an English footballer who plays for Ebbsfleet United as a midfielder.
Wikipedia Kenneth Jerome Holmes (born October 24, 1973 in Vero Beach, Florida) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League.
Wikipedia Darick Holmes (born July 1, 1971 in Pasadena, California) is a former American football running back in the NFL who played for the Buffalo Bills from 1995?1998, for the Green Bay Packers in 1998 and for the Indianapolis Colts in 1999.
Wikipedia Eric Holmes is a Scottish video game designer, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Wikipedia Matthew Theodore Holmes (born July 17, 1976 in Albury, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian actor.
Wikipedia Graeme Holmes (born March 26, 1984 in Motherwell) is a Scottish footballer who currently plays midfield for Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish First Division.
Wikipedia Lendy Holmes (born October 26, 1985 in Dallas, Texas) is an American football defensive back for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.
Wikipedia Matthew "Pansy" Holmes (born August 1, 1969 in Luton, Bedfordshire) was an English footballer who went in to semi-retirement at the age of 30 due to an injury inflicted by Australian midfielder Kevin Muscat.
Wikipedia John Holmes (January 6, 1904-June 22, 1962), born John Albert Holmes Jr.
Wikipedia Ronald Holmes (born August 26, 1963 in Fort Benning, Georgia) is a former professional American football defensive end who played 8 seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Denver Broncos in the National Football League.
Wikipedia Jerry Holmes (born June 14, 1957 in) was a cornerback who played ten seasons in the National Football League, mainly for New York Jets but also played with the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers.
Wikipedia Phyllis Holmes was a longtime basketball coach for Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois.
Wikipedia Amy M.
Wikipedia Linda Holmes is a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 42nd District since 2007.
Wikipedia Simon Holmes (born 1962 or 1963) was the singer and lead guitarist for the Australian 80's band The Hummingbirds.
Wikipedia Charles Frank Holmes (born September 21, 1934 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 23 games in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Red Wings.
Wikipedia Adoniram Judson Holmes (March 2, 1842 - January 21, 1902) a Republican, was the first U.
Wikipedia Otis Halbert Holmes (February 22, 1902 - July 27, 1977) was a U.
Wikipedia Robert Holmes (born October 5, 1945 in Huntsville, Texas) is a former American football running back who played collegiately at Southern University and professionally in the American Football League for the Kansas City Chiefs, and in the National Football League for the Chiefs, the Houston Oilers, and the San Diego Chargers.
Wikipedia Robert H.
Wikipedia John Holmes (born 1703, died Holt, Norfolk, 22 December 1760), was an 18th century schoolmaster and writer on education, Master of Gresham's School in Norfolk.
Wikipedia Delores Holmes (born 1946, Matawan, New Jersey, is an American soul singer.
Wikipedia William Brian Keith Holmes is a renowned Australian palaeobotanist, best-known for his work "Fructifications of Glossopteris" (1974), published in the "Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales".
Wikipedia Michael Arthur "Micky" Holmes (born 9 September 1965 in Blackpool) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder in the Football League for eight teams during the 1980s and 1990s.
Wikipedia Julyan Holmes is a Cornish scholar and poet.
Wikipedia Bill Holmes (born March 9, 1899 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba) is a former ice hockey centre.
Wikipedia Henry Allen Holmes (born January 11, 1933) was the United States Ambassador to Portugal from 1982 to 1985 and a career diplomat.
Wikipedia Ian Michael Holmes (born 8 December 1950) is an English former footballer, born in Wombwell, Yorkshire, who played as a midfielder in the Football League for Sheffield United, York City and Huddersfield Town.
Wikipedia Adrian Holmes (born March 31, 1974 in Wrexham and rasied in Vancouver) is an actor.
Wikipedia Howard Elbert "Ducky" Holmes (July 8, 1883 in Dayton, Ohio ? September 18, 1945) was a catcher in Major League Baseball.
Wikipedia John Edwin Holmes (1809?1863) was the first Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin.
Wikipedia Robert Holmes (1765 ? 7 October 1859) was an Irish lawyer and nationalist.
Wikipedia Margaret Flagg-Holmes (September 6, 1886 - January 29, 1976) was one of the sixteen founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, at Howard University in Washington, DC.
Wikipedia John Wendell Holmes, O.
Wikipedia Norman Holmes (born 1891 in Matlock, Derbyshire) was a former professional footballer, who played for Clapton Orient, Huddersfield Town & York City.
Wikipedia Michael Raphael Holmes (born 1950-11-18 in Galveston, Texas) is a former professional gridiron football wide receiver who played in the National Football League, the Canadian Football League, and the United States Football League.
Wikipedia Lindsey S.
Wikipedia Jennifer Holmes is an American television actress.
Wikipedia Deborah "Debbie" Holmes (born October 30, 1961) is a Democratic politician from Idaho.
Wikipedia Joe Holmes (b.
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Wikipedia Greg Holmes (born August 29, 1963, in Covina, California) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.
Wikipedia Captain Joseph Warren Holmes (April 1, 1824 ? December 12, 1912) was an American sea captain noted for sailing around Cape Horn 84 times and Cape of Good Hope 14 times without a shipwreck or loss of a crewman.
Wikipedia Jessica Renee Holmes (born November 17, 1976; Cleveland, Ohio) is an American television personality best known as the former co-host of the popular Nickelodeon TV series "Slime Time Live", where she received many whipped cream pies, and gallons of slime.
Wikipedia Michael Holmes is a property expert and presenter of multiple property-based television shows on networks such as BBC1, Channel 4, Five, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery Real Time and UK Style.
Wikipedia Louis Holmes (born February 24, 1985, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American football defensive end for the California Redwoods of the United Football League.
Wikipedia Michael E.
Wikipedia Julius C.
Wikipedia William Holmes (April 5, 1689 ? April 4, 1748), was a British academic, Vice-Chancellor and Regius Professor of Modern History of the University of Oxford.
Wikipedia George Bax Holmes (1803 - 1887) was a wealthy Quaker and fossil collector in Victorian Horsham.
Wikipedia Joseph Holmes (December 31, 1736 ? August 31, 1809) was an American politician, who served on the New Jersey Legislative Council, the precursor to the New Jersey State Senate, between 1777 and 1779.
Wikipedia Ezra Holmes (1882 ? after 1907) was an English professional footballer who scored 12 goals in 43 appearances in the Football League playing for Gainsborough Trinity and Birmingham.
Wikipedia Susan Holmes- McKagan (born on May 5, 1972) is an American born model, tv personality, and designer.
Wikipedia Maurice Holmes (1909-1998) was a driver of standardbred racehorses in New Zealand.
Wikipedia Free Holmes was a driver of standardbred racehorses in New Zealand, possibly the most famous that New Zealand has ever had.
Wikipedia William Harold "Harry" Holmes (18 August 1908 ? 1976) was an English footballer who played in the Football League as an outside right for Coventry City, Notts County and Birmingham.
Wikipedia Richard Holmes (b.
Wikipedia Sir Maurice Andrew Holmes (28 July 1911 ? 21 December 1997) was a barrister and Chairman of the London Transport Board from 1965 to 1969.
Wikipedia Hannah Holmes (born 1963) is an American writer, journalist, essayist, and science commentator for "Science Live" (Discovery Channel) and radio shows such as "Maine Things Considered.