What does Palmer mean?
Palmer /pal-mer/ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Palmer). Palmer's name origin is Latin, and the meaning of the name Palmer is "palm tree". Palmer is an alternate spelling, with the suffix -er, of Palma (Latin): place name.
How popular is Palmer?
Palmer is a rare given name for females but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#158 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Palma is the only prominent alternative form of Palmer (not ranked). Other variants, like Palmyra, are seldom used. Adoption of this form of Palmer was at its highest during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.253%) and has become lower since. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Palmer and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)