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Holman Name Meaning

English (southern): topographic name for a ‘dweller in a hollow’ from hol + man (Old English holh + mann). Compare Holler and Hole . Dutch: habitational name for someone from any of several locations named Hol from Dutch hol ‘hollow’ or from Middle Dutch hole heule ‘(low) arched bridge weir’. Dutch: from a pet form formed with man ‘man’ of the personal name Holle from an ancient Germanic compound name with the element hold ‘loyalty’ for instance Holdert Hollebrand Holger and Holmer. Compare Holleman . Americanized form of German Hollmann or Höllmann.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Holdman, Polman, Tolman, Homan, Dolman, Hayman, Hopman, Notman

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Where is the Holman family from?

You can see how Holman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Holman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Holman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 235 Holman families living in Ontario. This was about 45% of all the recorded Holman's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Holman families in 1911.
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What did your Holman ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Holman. 36% of Holman men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Holman women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Holman were Carpenter and Bookkeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Farmer
  • Income
  • Bookkeeper
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Census Records

There are 218,000 census records available for the last name Holman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Holman census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Holman. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 32,000 military records available for the last name Holman. For the veterans among your Holman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Holman lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Holman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Holman in 1940 was 72, and 73 in 2004.

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