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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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Where is the Balmer family from?

You can see how Balmer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Balmer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Balmer families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 10 Balmer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 53% of all the recorded Balmer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Balmer families in 1840.
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What did your Balmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Balmer. 17% of Balmer men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Balmer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Balmer were Machinist and Teacher.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 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 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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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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