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Homer Name Meaning

English: topographic name for a dweller by a holly bush from Middle English holm (Old English holen) + the agent suffix -er a type of formation characteristic of Hampshire and Sussex. See Holm English: habitational name from Holmer (Herefordshire) Holmer Green (Buckinghamshire) or Homer (Devon) or else from other unrecorded placenames formed with Middle English hol(g)h + mere ‘pool by or in the hollow’ (Old English holh + mere). American shortened and altered form of Greek Omiros or one of its patronymic derivatives (Omirou which is found mainly in Cyprus Omiridis etc.). This was not only the name of the classical Greek epic poet (classical Greek Homēros) but was also borne by a Christian martyr venerated in the Greek Orthodox Church. Slovenian: variant of Homar and in North America probably also an altered form of this.

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


Similar surnames: Hamer, Holmer, Comer, Hayer, Hober, Hofer, Hover, Hammer, Romer, Omer

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You can see how Homer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Homer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Homer families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 52 Homer families living in Massachusetts. This was about 25% of all the recorded Homer's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Homer families in 1840.
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What did your Homer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Homer. 17% of Homer men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Homer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Homer were Clerk and Teacher. .

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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
    17%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Homer. For the veterans among your Homer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Homer lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Homer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Homer in 1943 was 37, and 78 in 2004.

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