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Palmer Name Meaning

English: from Middle English, Old French palmer, paumer (from palme, paume ‘palm tree’, Latin palma), a nickname for someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Such pilgrims generally brought back a palm branch as proof that they had actually made the journey, but there was a vigorous trade in false souvenirs, and the term also came to be applied to a cleric who sold indulgences. Swedish (Palmér): ornamental name formed with palm ‘palm tree’ + the suffix -ér, from Latin -erius ‘descendant of’. Irish: when not truly of English origin (see 1 above), a surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Maolfhoghmhair (see Milford) perhaps because they were from an ecclesiastical family. German: topographic name for someone living among pussy willows (see Palm 2). German: from the personal name Palm (see Palm 3).

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


Similar surnames: Palm, Balmer, Almer, Paley, Hammer, Galler, Kalmer, Hamer, Palmero

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Palmer Family Origin

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Palmer Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Palmer family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Palmer. The most common Palmer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Palmer's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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Palmer Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, Palmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Palmer in 1940 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

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