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Palmer Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English palmer(e) ‘palmer pilgrim to the Holy Land’ (Anglo-Norman French palmer Old French pa(l)mer paum(i)er) so called from the palm branch carried by such pilgrims. The term was also used to denote an itinerant monk who traveled from shrine to shrine under a vow of poverty. This surname is also common in Ireland where it has been recorded from the 13th century onward. Irish: when not of English origin (see 1 above) a surname adopted for Gaelic Ó Maolfhoghmhair (see Milford ) the name of an ecclesiastical family. Swedish (mainly Palmér): ornamental name formed with palm ‘palm tree’ + the suffix -ér (a derivative of Latin -erius) or -er (from German). German: topographic name for someone living among pussy willows (see Palm ). German: from the personal name Palm (see Palm ).

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

Similar surnames: Palm, Balmer, Almer, Paley, Hammer, Galler, Kalmer, Hamer, Palmero

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Where is the Palmer family from?

You can see how Palmer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Palmer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Palmer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 6,718 Palmer families living in London. This was about 19% of all the recorded Palmer's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Palmer families in 1891.
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What did your Palmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Palmer. 6% of Palmer men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Palmer women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Palmer were Farmer and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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There are 208,000 military records available for the last name Palmer. For the veterans among your Palmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Palmer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Palmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Palmer in 1940 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

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