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What does Elmer mean?

Elmer Pronunciation of Elmer 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, noble, famous, surname, 19th century


VARIANTS Aylmar, Aylmer, Aymer, Elemer, Ellmer, Elmir

FEMININE FORMS Almera, Elma, Elmira

(male) Eumer, ..

(female) Elem, ..

Elmer Stetson (E.S.), ..

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)

Elmer reached its peak rank of #36 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is currently at #1259. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 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 Aillmer, Ailmer, Allmer, Ayllmer, Elmar, Elmore, Eylmer, Ullmar, Ulmar, Ulmer, Willmer, Wilmar, Wilmer and Wylmer. Other recommended sound-alike names are Alger, Alter, Amer, Ammer, Delmer, Eames, Eber, Ebner, Eder, Edmar, Einer, Eizer, Elber, Elbert, Elden, Elder, Eldor, Elex, Elgar, Elger, Elie, Ellar, Ellery, Ellger (see Alger), Elman, Elmo, Elrey, Elven, Elvern, Emeer, Emeri, Emery, Emir, Emmery, Emmet, Emyr, Ender, Ermes, Esme, Ezer, Filmer, Fylmer (see Filmore), Gilmer, Gomer, Homer, Omer, Palmer and Umer. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elmer.

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