Holmes Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Holmes Family History

If you are conducting some Holmes family history research then you can view the Holmes coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Holmes surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Holmes in Ireland was brought by settlers from Scotland to the Province of Ulster during the seventeenth century. This name was also adopted by a number of native Gaelic Mac Thomais Septs who also changed their native name to Thomson and Combs. MacComish and Cavish are other variants.

A Sept is an ancient Clan-like collective describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Holmes Coat of Arms

Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Canton An Honorable charge
Wavy Often representing water
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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