Explore the Family Name Holm

The meaning of Holm

1. English, Scottish, German, and Scandinavian: topographic name for someone who lived on an island, in particular a piece of slightly raised land lying in a fen or partly surrounded by streams, from Middle English, Middle Low German holm, Old Norse holmr, or else a habitational name from a place called with this element. The Swedish name is often ornamental. 2. English: topographic name for someone who lived where holly grew, from Middle English holm, a divergent development of Old English hole(g)n ‘holly (tree)’; or, especially in southern England, a habitational name from any of the places such as East and West Holme (Dorset) or Holne (Devon). Compare Hollis. Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Lars, Anders, Thor, Holger, Nels, Nils, Sven, Helmer, Lennart, Niels, Vibeke.

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How common is the last name Holm in the United States?

According to the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Holm has seen minor fluctuations between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Holm was the 2,578th most popular surname and by 2010 it had moved to the 2,701st position, a decrease in rank by 4.77%. However, despite this drop in rank, the actual count of people with the Holm surname increased from 12,894 in 2000 to 13,341 in 2010, marking an increase of 3.47%. Additionally, the proportion of this surname per 100,000 people decreased slightly by 5.44% over the same period.

Proportion per 100k4.784.52-5.44%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Holm

The ethnic identity distribution of the Holm surname also saw shifts between 2000 and 2010 based on the Decennial U.S. Census data. The highest percentage change was observed in the Hispanic category, which saw a significant increase of 69.60%, rising from 1.25% to 2.12%. The Asian/Pacific Islander category also saw considerable growth, increasing by 62.00% during this decade. Meanwhile, individuals who identified as having two or more ethnicities increased from 1.08% to 1.54%, a jump of 42.59%. The White category remained the largest, but experienced a slight decrease of 1.80%. Small changes were noted in the Black category (an increase of 2.86%) and the American Indian and Alaskan Native category (an increase of 14.58%).

Two or More Races1.08%1.54%42.59%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.5%0.81%62%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.48%0.55%14.58%

Holm ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Holm is British & Irish, which comprises 33.4% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are Scandinavian (24.6%) and French & German (22.0%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Finnish, Spanish & Portuguese, Italian, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

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British & Irish33.4%
French & German22.0%

Possible origins of the surname Holm

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Holm have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom71.40%
Greater London, United Kingdom71.40%
West Midlands, United Kingdom71.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom71.10%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom70.60%

What Holm haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Holm is R-Z282, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-Z282 is descended from haplogroup R-M420. Other common haplogroups include I-Z58 and R-CTS241, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Paulson, Swenson, Olson, Iverson, Andersen, Lind, Lund, Larsen, Larson, Peterson.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Holm surname are: H1, T2b, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

holmPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M420

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Holm have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Holm" Surname 41.5%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Holm" Surname 26.5%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Holm" Surname 19.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Holm" Surname 16.0%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Holm?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Holm are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%