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Palmer Family History

Palmer Name Meaning
English: from Middle English, Old French palmer, paumer (from palme, paume ‘palm tree’, Latin palma), a nickname for someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Such pilgrims generally brought back a palm branch as proof that they had actually made the journey, but there was a vigorous trade in false souvenirs, and the term also came to be applied to a cleric who sold indulgences.Swedish (Palmér): ornamental name formed with palm ‘palm tree’ + the suffix -ér, from Latin -erius ‘descendant of’.Irish: when not truly of English origin (see 1 above), a surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Maolfhoghmhair (see Milford) perhaps because they were from an ecclesiastical family.German: topographic name for someone living among pussy willows (see Palm 2). EXG EG deled former sense 4.German: from the personal name Palm (see Palm 3).

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

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Name Distribution of Palmer Families

  • Number of Palmer families
     1,417 - 2,832
     473 - 1,416
     1 - 472
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Palmer families
     3,360 - 6,718
     1,121 - 3,359
     1 - 1,120
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Palmer families
     129 - 255
     44 - 128
     1 - 43
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Palmer Family Origin

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Palmer Immigration Information

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Palmer Family Occupations

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