When Samuel Holmes was born on 3 November 1824, in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, his father, Samuel Judd Holmes, was 30 and his mother, Lucina Todd, was 28. He married Mary Howe Goodale on 3 June 1856, in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in New York County, New York, United States in 1860 and Montclair, Essex, New Jersey, United States for about 10 years. He died on 9 December 1897, at the age of 73, and was buried in Orange, Essex, New Jersey, United States.
English: either from the plural form of Holme , or else a variant of Holme or Home , with excrescent -s (see Holm ).
Scottish: probably a habitational name from Holmes near Dundonald (Ayrshire), or possibly from another place so called in the barony of Inchestuir (Angus). Both placenames likely derive from the plural form of Middle English, Older Scots holm ‘islet, raised land in a marsh’ (see Holm ).
Scottish and Irish: adopted for Scottish Gaelic and Irish Mac Thómais, Mac Thómais (see McComb ). In parts of western Ireland, Holmes is also a variant of Cavish, from Gaelic Mac Thámhais, another patronymic from Thomas . Early bearers in Ireland were probably immigrants from Scotland.
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