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What does Sumner mean?

Sumner Pronunciation of Sumner [sum-n-er] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Sumner is "one who serves a summons". Occupational name for a medieval legal official. In Geoffrey Chaucer's well-known "Canterbury Tales", a summoner is one of the pilgrims headed to Canterbury. Entrepreneur Sumner Redstone.

Associated with: old english, occupational, medieval, tales (literary).


Creative forms:
(male) Sumser, ..

(female) Summe, Sumnsa, ..

Middle name pairings:
Sumner Wolfgang (S.W.), ..

How popular is Sumner?

Sumner is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1851 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Sumner reached its peak position of #709 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Sumner is pronounced similarly to Sommer. Other recommended names are Ameer, Ammer, Avner, Banner, Buhler, Butler, Culver, Cuyler, Ebner, Emeer, Fuller, Gainer, Garner, Gomer, Gunner, Homer, Joiner, Kenner, Konner, Miner, Muller, Muneer, Omer, Rayner, Rutger, Saber, Samael, Sammey, Samuel, Sander, Saunder, Sayer, Seeger, Seger, Semmes, Sender, Sennet, Shameer, Shanen, Shefer, Shomer, Sidney, Signe, Silver, Simen, Simone, Skinner, Skuyler, Skyler, Snider, Snyder, Sommers, Spencer, Spider, Spyder, Stanek, Stone, Stoner, Stoney, Sudbery (see Sudbury), Suman, Sunil, Sunney, Sunnie, Sunny, Sylver, Turner, Ulmer, Umber, Umer, Verner, Wagner, Warner and Werner. These names tend to be more commonly used than Sumner.

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