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What does Palmer mean?

Palmer Pronunciation of Palmer [palmer] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Palmer) is pronounced PAHL-mer. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Palmer is "pilgrim". Surname which refers to the palm branch carried by a Christian pilgrim while traveling to a holy shrine.

Associated with: old english, surname, palm (tree).


Palmer has 3 variants: Pallmer, Palmar and Palmerston.

Creative forms:
(male) Plamer, ..

(female) Palmerl, Palper, ..

Middle name pairings:
Palmer Blaise (P.B.), ..

How popular is Palmer?

Palmer is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1113 out of 1220, Top 91%) and an even more prominent surname for all people (#158 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Palmer reached its top position of #470 in the U.S. in the 1900s, and is currently at #1293. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Palmer name in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Ailmer (see Aylmer), Allmer, Aylmer, Balder, Balfer, Baumer, Calder, Chalmer, Delmer, Ellmer, Elmer, Eylmer (see Aylmer), Farmer, Filmer, Fylmer (see Filmore), Gilmer, Halver, Hammer, Hjalmer, Kazmer, Marmer, Packer, Paley, Parker, Ulmer, Valter, Walder, Walker, Waller, Walter, Wilmer and Wylmer. These names tend to be less commonly used than Palmer.

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