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Plummer Name Meaning

occupational name for a worker in lead, especially a maker of lead pipes and conduits, from Anglo-Norman French plom(m)er, plum(m)er ‘plumber’, from plom(b), plum(b) ‘lead’ (Latin plumbum). variant of Plumer 1, 3. occasionally, a habitational name from a minor place name, such as Plummers in Kimpton, Hertfordshire, which was named with Old English plum ‘plum(tree)’ + mere ‘pool’. The name is also established in Ireland, taken there from England in the 17th century.

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


Similar surnames: Plumer, Plume, Limmer, Plumley, Summer, Sturmer, Plater, Putter

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Where is the Plummer family from?

You can see how Plummer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Plummer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Plummer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 163 Plummer families living in Maine. This was about 31% of all the recorded Plummer's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Plummer families in 1840.
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What did your Plummer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Plummer. 16% of Plummer men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Plummer women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Plummer were Truck Driver 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

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Plummer. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Plummer. For the veterans among your Plummer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Plummer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Plummer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Plummer in 1944 was 24, and 73 in 2004.

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