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Palm Name Meaning

German: from a short form of the medieval personal name Palmatius borne by a Christian saint who died in 286. This surname (in any of the possible senses; see also below) is also found in France (mainly Lorraine). North German: topographic name from Middle Low German palme Middle High German palme balme ‘pussy willow’ the tree that traditionally provided the branches for Palm Sunday processions or a topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of a palm tree. German: from a shortened and altered form of a personal name formed with Old High German bald ‘bold brave’ as its first element. Swedish: ornamental name from palm ‘palm tree’. Dutch: nickname for someone who had been on pilgrimage to the Holy Land so called from the palm branch carried by such pilgrims from palm ‘palm tree’. Dutch (Van der Palm): habitational name for someone from any of several minor places called Palm or Palme.

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

Similar surnames: Salm, Alm, Baum, Ramm, Pala, Hamm, Palma, Galm, Pal, Hall

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Where is the Palm family from?

You can see how Palm families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Palm family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Palm families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 27 Palm families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 79% of all the recorded Palm's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Palm families in 1840.
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What did your Palm ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Palm. 17% of Palm men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Palm women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Palm 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Palm. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Palm 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Palm. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Palm. For the veterans among your Palm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Palm lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Palm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Palm in 1944 was 30, and 79 in 2004.

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