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Homes was first used as a surname by the descendents of the Boernician clans of Scotland. The Homes family lived in Berwickshire. They held the barony of Home from very early times and possibly predate the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Home family is part of a noble lineage descending from the Earls of Dunbar, and the family of the Earl of Northumberland, the great Gospatrick, a descendent of the Kings of Bernicia. They first appear in the records in 1268, when William of Home appeared on a charter. They next appear (as so many of the prominent Scottish families do) in 1296, when Geffrai de Home of Lanarkshire swore an oath of allegiance (in the Ragman Rolls) to King Edward I of England after that king's brief conquest of Scotland.

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The surname Homes was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland. They held the barony of Home from very early times, and possibly predate the Norman Conquest in 1066. There were many branches of the Homes family including the Homes of Cowdenknowes, the Homes of Wedderburn, the Homes of Manderston, the Homes of Renton, the Homes of Kames, and the Homes of Blackadder.

Scribes in the Middle Ages simply spelled according to sound. The result is an enormous number of spelling variations among names that evolved in that era. Homes has been spelled Humes, Hum, Humme, Humm, Homes and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Homes research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1468, 1506, 1560, 1609, 1569, 1645, 1604, 1648, 1671, 1698, 1641, 1724, 1696, 1702, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Homes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Alexander Home, 2nd Lord Home (c.1468-1506), a Scottish nobleman and soldier, Lord Chamberlain of Scotland and Warden of the Eastern March; Alexander Hume (c.1560-c.1609), Scottish poet; Tobias Hume (c.1569-1645), a Scottish composer, viol player and soldier; George Home, created Baron Hume...

Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Homes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Homes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Most of the Boernician-Scottish families who came to North America settled on the eastern seaboard of what would become the United States and Canada. Families who wanted a new order stayed south in the War of Independence, while those who were still loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, the ancestors of these families have gone on to rediscover their heritage through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Homes or a variant listed above:

Homes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margaret Homes, aged 23, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Peter Homes, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Thomas Homes, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Silvester Homes, who landed in Maryland in 1657
  • Martha Homes, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
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Homes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ralph Homes, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Edward Homes, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Anne Homes, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • William Homes, who landed in New England in 1715
  • Christoph Homes, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
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Homes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Homes settled in New Bedford Massachusetts in 1822
  • Henry Homes, who settled in New Bedford Massachusetts in 1822
  • George Homes, who landed in New York in 1852

Homes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Absalom Homes U.E., "Holmes" who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Homes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Homes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1835

Homes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Homes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Petrel" in 1851
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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