Holms History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestry of the name Holms dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in an area that was referred to as a holme, a slightly raised islet in a fen or partially surrounded by a stream or river. The surname Holms was originally derived from the Old English word Holen.  Another reference claims "A holme is defined by Halliwell as ' flat land; a small island; a deposit of soil at the confluence of two waters. Flat grounds near water are called holms.' " 
While most references claim that the name was probably Anglo-Saxon, it could very well have been Norman in origin as William du Holme was listed in Normandy (1180-1195) and William de Homes was also listed there in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae in 1198. 
Early Origins of the Holms family
The surname Holms was first found in many counties throughout Britain. One of the earliest records of the name was Roger de Holm who was listed in 1186 in Leicestershire. A few years later, Urkel' de Holmes was listed in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire in 1219. John atte Holme was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1296 in Sussex. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists: Goscelin de Holme in Suffolk; and John in le Holmp in Cambridgeshire. Over 100 years later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Thomas del Holme; Adam del Holme; and Johannes del Holme, 1379. 
Hulam or Holom in Durham "anciently styled Holme, which is the term used to designate it in the Boldon book, formerly belonged to a family of the same name." 
Important Dates for the Holms family
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Holms Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Holms have been found, including Holme, Hulme, Holmes, Holms and others.
Early Notables of the Holms family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Randle Holme I (1570-1655), first to bear the name, main duty was arranging funerals of those entitled to bear arms; Nathaniel Holmes or Homes (1599-1678), an English Independent theologian and preacher; Randle Holme II (c1601-1659), Chester city treasurer in 1633 and clerk to the Stationers' Company of Chester in 1641; Randle Holme III (1627-1700), steward to the Stationers' Company of Chester in 1656 and an alderman from 1659...
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Migration of the Holms family to Ireland
Some of the Holms family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Holms migration to the United States
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Holms, or a variant listed above:
Holms Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Holms, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 
- Margaret Holms, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 
Holms Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Ezekiel Holms, who settled in America in 1702
Holms Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Friedrich Holms, who settled in New York, NY in 1858
- George Holms, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1862
Holms migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Holms Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Hiram Holms, who settled in Ontario in 1871
Holms migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Holms Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mrs. Agnes Holms, (b. 1826), aged 44, English needlewoman, from Lanarkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Ramsey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th June 1870 
- Miss Jane Holms, (b. 1849), aged 21, English settler, from Lanarkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Ramsey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th June 1870 
- Mr. John Holms, (b. 1851), aged 19, English stone mason, from Lancashire travelling from London aboard the ship "Ramsey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th June 1870 
Contemporary Notables of the name Holms (post 1700)
- Captain Marcellus Holms Chiles (1895-1918), United States Army officer awarded the Medal of Honor
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