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Summer Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English (Old English) personal name Sumor Sumer originally a nickname from Middle English sum(m)er ‘summer’ and perhaps still a nickname (compare 4 below) in the period of surname formation. The personal name is not independently recorded but in England appears in the placenames Somersall (Derbyshire) and Somersham (Suffolk and Cambridgeshire). English: occupational name from Middle English somer somour perhaps a shortened form of sommerer somerour ‘packhorse man carrier’ itself a derivative of Middle English somer (Old French sommier) ‘beast of burden packhorse’. Alternatively the name may imply ‘porter carrier’. It is possible that somer and somour are derivatives of Middle English som(m)e sum(m)e ‘weight’ derived from Old French somme some ‘weight burden’. Compare Middle English seme some (Old English sēam sēom) ‘load burden weight’. This surname is widely recorded across medieval England but the absence of any Middle English examples with the definite article and of any relevant contextual evidence makes an occupational sense difficult to confirm. However the Middle English surname Somister which appears to be occupational (see Sumpter ) may imply the existence of a twin form Somer similar to pairs like Baker and Baxter Webber and Webster. English: possibly also from a Middle English assimilated form of Sumner . German: variant of Sommer a nickname from Middle High German sumer ‘summer’. German: from Middle High German sum(b)er sum(m)er ‘woven basket’ and by extension a ‘drum’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a basketweaver or a drummer.

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


Similar surnames: Sommer, Kummer, Summers, Hammer, Simmer, Sumner, Dummer, Semler

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Where is the Summer family from?

You can see how Summer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Summer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Summer families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 787 Summer families living in Lancashire. This was about 38% of all the recorded Summer's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Summer families in 1891.
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What did your Summer 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 Summer. 12% of Summer men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Summer women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Summer were Bricklayer and Household Duties. .

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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
    12%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Retired
    6%
  • Bricklayer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    72%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Private Means
    2%
  • Household Duties
    2%
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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Summer. 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 Cards

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Summer. For the veterans among your Summer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Summer lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Summer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Summer in 1949 was 33, and 80 in 2004.

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