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Hamer Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Lancashire named Hamer, from Old English hamor ‘rock’, ‘crag’. English: possibly a metonymic occupational name for a smith or for a maker or seller of hammers, Middle English hamer (Old English hamor), or a habitational name for someone living at an inn or shop distinguished by the sign of a hammer. Dutch: from hamer ‘hammer’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of hammers or a user of a hammer, for example a blacksmith. Jewish (Ashkenazic) and German: variant spelling of Hammer. Slovenian: variant spelling of German Hammer.

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


Similar surnames: Hammer, Hamel, Hayer, Haver, Hager, Homer, Haler, Haber, Kamer

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Where is the Hamer family from?

You can see how Hamer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hamer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hamer families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 22 Hamer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 24% of all the recorded Hamer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hamer families in 1840.
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What did your Hamer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hamer. 14% of Hamer men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Hamer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hamer were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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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
    14%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 117,000 census records available for the last name Hamer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hamer 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Hamer. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Hamer. For the veterans among your Hamer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hamer lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Hamer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hamer in 1948 was 48, and 75 in 2004.

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