Palm Family History
Palm Name Meaning
German: from a medieval personal name Palmatius, borne by a saint who died in 286. Northwest German: topographic name from Middle High German palme, balme ‘pussy willow’, the tree that traditionally provided the branches for Palm Sunday processions, or habitational name from a house distinguished by the sign of a palm tree. German: from a reduced 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 (see Palmer), from palm ‘palm tree’. Dutch (Van Palm): habitational name denoting someone from any of several minor places called Palm or Palme. Translation of French Lapalme.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press