Holmen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Holmen family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Holmen was a name given to a holy man who was a priest or friar. The surname Holmen originally derived from the Old English word Hol or Hool. Another reference claims the name was derived from the Old English words "holh" + "mann" and literally meant "dweller by a hollow." [1]

Early Origins of the Holmen family

The surname Holmen was first found in Essex, where one of the first records of the name was John Holman, Holeman who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. [1]

Early History of the Holmen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holmen research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1593, 1669, 1659, 1638, 1633, 1633, 1700, 1661, 1685, 1730 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Holmen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holmen Spelling Variations

Holmen has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Holmen have been found, including Holman, Hollman, Holeman and others.

Early Notables of the Holmen family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Philip Holman (c. 1593-1669), an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1659, High Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1638; Philip Holman, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1633; and Sir...
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holmen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Holmen family to Ireland

Some of the Holmen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Holmen family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Holmens to arrive on North American shores: John Holman, who settled in Nantasket, Massachusetts in 1630; William Holman settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1630; Edward Holman settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632.


Contemporary Notables of the name Holmen (post 1700) +

  • Kjersti Holmen (1956-2021), Norwegian actress


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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