English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Holme

Historical Forms

  • Glatton cum Hulmo 1167 P
  • Hulm(e) 1217 Pat 1224 FF
  • Holme 1252 Ch
  • Ulmo 1303 KF
  • Houlyn 1312 Fine
  • Hulmus 1319 FF
  • Home 1526 LS


v. holmr . The name is descriptive of its water-surrounded site. The persistent u -forms, pointing to ODan  hulm rather than holm , are noteworthy. For their significance, cf. IPN 60 and Ekwall PN La 244.