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What does Elmer mean?

Elmer /el-mer/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' 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 has 6 variants: Aylmar, Aylmer, Aymer, Elemer, Ellmer and Elmir.

Elmer has 3 feminine forms: Almera, Elma and Elmira.

Kreatif forms: Eielmer, Elmerei, Elmerry. [more]

How popular is Elmer?

Elmer is a very popular first name for males (#218 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#5432 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Elmer for boys. Elmer reached its peak rank of #36 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elmer name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elmer outside U.S.

Similar Names

Elmer is pronounced similarly to Ailmer, Allmer, Elmar, Elmore, Eylmer, Ulmar, Ulmer, Wilmer and Wylmer. Other recommended similar baby names are Elber, Elder and Elger. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elmer.