Balmer Family History

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Balmer Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name for a seller of spices and perfumes, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Old French basme, balme, ba(u)me ‘balm’, ‘ointment’ (Latin balsamum ‘aromatic resin’). South German and Swiss German: habitational name from any of the places in Switzerland and Baden called Balm, which almost certainly get their names from a Celtic word meaning ‘cave’. German: from the Germanic personal name Baldemar, composed of the elements bald ‘bold’ + mar ‘famous’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Palmer, Bolmer, Almer, Balter, Galler, Baller, Bulmer, Balser, Baumer

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Balmer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Balmer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Balmer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Balmer Family Origin

Where is the Balmer family from?

Balmer Family Occupations

What did your Balmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Balmer family was Mason. Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Balmer. The most common Balmer occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 6% of Balmer's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Mason


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Balmer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Balmer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Balmer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Balmer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Balmer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Balmer. For the veterans among your Balmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Balmer Life Expectancy

What is the average Balmer lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Balmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Balmer in 1949 was 53, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Balmer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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