Elmer Family History

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Elmer Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Ailmar, Old English Æ{dh}elm?r, composed of the elements æ{dh}el ‘noble’ + m?r ‘famous’, which was reinforced after the Conquest by the introduction of Old French Ailmer, from a Continental cognate. North German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements agi(l) ‘edge or tip (of a sword)’ + man ‘man’. South German: topographic name for someone who lived by an elm tree, Middle High German elm(e). Swiss German: habitational name from a village so named in Glarus canton.

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

Similar surnames: Eller, Helmer, Almer, Emmer, Lier, Ulmer, Eimer, Ehmer, Elter, Hilmer

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Elmer Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Elmer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Elmer Family Origin

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Elmer Family Occupations

What did your Elmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Elmer. The most common Elmer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Elmer's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Elmer family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Elmer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Elmer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Elmer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elmer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Elmer. 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 Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Elmer. For the veterans among your Elmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Elmer Life Expectancy

What is the average Elmer lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Elmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Elmer in 1953 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Elmer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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