Meaning and name origin
Elmer \e-lmer, el-mer\ as a boy's name is pronounced EL-mer. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Elmer is "noble, famous". Transferred use of the surname, from ædel mær. Used as a given name in America since the 19th century in honor of American Revolution activists Ebenezer and Jonathan Elmer. Literary: Sinclair Lewis's well-known novel "Elmer Gantry" (1927) was about a charlatan of a minister. Cartoon character Elmer Fudd.
Elmer is a very popular first name for males (#218 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#5625 out of 88799, Top 6%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Elmer for boys. Elmer reached its highest rank of #36 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).
Elmer▼ is also pronounced similarly to Ailmer, Allmer, Elmar, Elmore▼, Eylmer, Ulmar, Ulmer, Wilmer▼ and Wylmer. Other suggested similar baby names are Elber, Elder and Elger. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elmer.