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Colmer Name Meaning

English (southwestern): habitational name from one of more of the numerous places with this or a similar name such as Colmer in North Huish (Devon) Colemore (Hampshire) and Colmer Farm in Marshwood (Dorset) from Old English cōl ‘cool’ + mere ‘pool pond’. Altered form of German Kollmer a habitational name from Colmar in Alsace (formerly written Kolmar) or perhaps of Gollmer .

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


Similar surnames: Holmer, Comer, Coomer, Calder, Colter, Holter, Coller, Dormer, Sommer

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Where is the Colmer family from?

You can see how Colmer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Colmer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Colmer families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Colmer family living in Louisiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Colmer's in USA. Louisiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Colmer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Colmer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Colmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Colmer. 27% of Colmer men worked as a Laborer and 22% of Colmer women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Colmer were Machinist and Clerk. .

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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

  • Laborer
    27%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Machinist
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • New Worker
    22%
  • Housewife
    22%
  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Clerk
    15%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Colmer. For the veterans among your Colmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Colmer lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Colmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Colmer in 1962 was 66, and 84 in 2004.

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