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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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Where is the Elmer family from?

You can see how Elmer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elmer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Elmer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 26 Elmer families living in New Jersey. This was about 26% of all the recorded Elmer's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Elmer families in 1840.
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What did your Elmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Elmer. 19% of Elmer men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Elmer women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elmer were Clerk 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

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Bookkeeper
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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