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Farmer Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English fermo(u)r fermer and Anglo-Norman French fermer (Old French fermier medieval Latin firmarius). The term denoted in the first instance a tax farmer one who undertook the collection of taxes revenues and imposts paying a fixed (Latin firmus) sum for the proceeds and only secondarily someone who rented land for the purpose of cultivation; it was not applied to an owner of cultivated land before the 17th century. Irish: Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Mac an Scolóige ‘son of the husbandman’ a rare surname of northern and western Ireland. Americanized form (translation into English) of French Terrien ‘owner of a farmland’ or of its altered form Therrien . Compare Pharmer .

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


Similar surnames: Larmer, Farm, Dormer, Farrar, Barber, Armer, Harmer, Carmer, Hammer

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Where is the Farmer family from?

You can see how Farmer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Farmer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Farmer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 98 Farmer families living in Tennessee. This was about 12% of all the recorded Farmer's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Farmer families in 1840.
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What did your Farmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Farmer. 20% of Farmer men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Farmer women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Farmer were Salesman and Maid. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Truck Driver
    4%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
  • Maid
    5%
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Census Records

There are 522,000 census records available for the last name Farmer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Farmer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 44,000 immigration records available for the last name Farmer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 76,000 military records available for the last name Farmer. For the veterans among your Farmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Farmer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Farmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Farmer in 1940 was 49, and 74 in 2004.

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