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Harmer Name Meaning

English (mainly East Anglia and the southeast): from a Norman personal name composed of the Germanic elements hari, heri ‘army’ + mari, meri ‘famous’. English: habitational name from Haremere Hall in Etchingham, Sussex, which is named from Old English har ‘gray’ + mere ‘pool’.

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

Similar surnames: Harker, Harger, Jarmer, Hanmer, Hamer, Harder, Hammer, Dormer, Armer

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Where is the Harmer family from?

You can see how Harmer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harmer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harmer families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 26 Harmer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 46% of all the recorded Harmer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Harmer families in 1840.
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What did your Harmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Harmer. 18% of Harmer men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Harmer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harmer 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Operator
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 84,000 census records available for the last name Harmer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harmer 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Harmer. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Harmer. For the veterans among your Harmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harmer lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Harmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Harmer in 1942 was 64, and 75 in 2004.

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