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Homer Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): occupational name for a maker of helmets, from the adopted Old French term he(a)umier, from he(a)ume ‘helmet’, of Germanic origin. Compare Helm 2. English: variant of Holmer. Americanized form of the Greek family name Homiros or one of its patronymic derivatives (Homirou, Homiridis, etc.). This was not only the name of the ancient Greek epic poet (classical Greek Homeros), but was also borne by a martyr venerated in the Greek Orthodox Church. Slovenian: topographic name for someone who lived on a hill, from hom (dialect form of holm ‘hill’, ‘height’) + the German suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.

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


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

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Where is the Homer family from?

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 the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 52 Homer families living in Massachusetts. This was about 25% of all the recorded Homer's in the 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 US 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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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Homer. 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 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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