What does Palmer mean?
Palmer \p(a)-lmer, 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 a variation of Palma (Latin): place name. Uncommon as a name for kids.
Palmer is a rare given name for females but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#151 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Palma is the only prominent alternative form of Palmer (#unlisted). Adoption of this girl name was at its highest during the years 1910-1919 and has become much lower since, with the form Palma becoming less stylish. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Palmer and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)