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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 has 6 variant forms: Aylmar, Aylmer, Aymer, Elemer, Ellmer and Elmir.

There are 3 feminine forms of Elmer: Almera, Elma and Elmira.


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).

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 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.