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Meaning and Origin

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Wiktionary

Medieval variant of the given name Aylmer, from Old English æþel (“noble”) + mær (“famous”) .

  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred back from the surname in the 19th century U.S.
  3. A city in Missouri.
  4. A borough in New Jersey.
  5. A town in Oklahoma.
  6. A person who provides personal guidance and assistance to ham radio enthusiasts

Elmer was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Finnish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Elmer

Elmer J. Fudd is a hunting. Elmer is also known as Egghead.

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Butch Hartman is an animator, producer, writer, voice actor, director, illustrator, and animation director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Butch was given the name Elmer Earl Hartman IV on January 10th, 1965 in Highland Park, Michigan, US.

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Elmer Bernstein was a film score composer, conducting, and songwriter. He plays Keyboard instrument. His career lasted from 1951 to 2002. Elmer was born on April 4th, 1922 in New York City, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on August 18th, 2004.

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Chayanne is a latin pop singing and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1978 to present. Chayanne was given the name Elmer Figueroa Arce on June 28th, 1968 in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.

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Elmer Wayne Henley is a criminal.

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Elmer McCurdy was a plumber, miner, bank, train robber, bank robbery, and train robbery. Elmer was given the name Elmer J. McCurdy on January 1st, 1880 in Washington, Maine, U.S. Elmer is also known as Frank Curtis, Frank Davidson, and Charles Smith. He breathed his last breath on October 7th, 1911.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Elmer

Uncle Elmer was a wrestler. Uncle was born on August 16th, 1937 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He left this life on July 1st, 1992.

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Terri-Rae Elmer is a radio, broadcasting, and radiobroadcaster. Terri-Rae was born in 1956 in Brooklyn, Wisconsin.

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Jonas Elmer is a soccer player for the Grasshopper Club Zürich, Chelsea F.C., FC Aarau, FC Sion, AC Bellinzona, FC Winterthur, Toronto FC, FC Biel-Bienne, and Switzerland national under-21 football team. Jonas was born on February 28th, 1988 in Zürich, Switzerland.

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Jonathan Elmer was an office holder. Jonathan was born on November 29th, 1745 in Cedarville, New Jersey. He breathed his last breath on September 3rd, 1817.

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William Elmer was an actor. He was most prominent from 1913 to 1942. William was born on April 25th, 1869 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, US. He breathed his last breath on February 24th, 1945.

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How popular is the baby name Elmer in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 373 0 373 #41 boy name
1881 388 0 388 #38 boy name
1882 441 0 441 #39 boy name
1883 423 0 423 #40 boy name
1884 523 0 523 #35 boy name
1885 452 9 443 #40 boy name
1886 485 0 485 #35 boy name
1887 467 0 467 #36 boy name
1888 527 0 527 #39 boy name
1889 563 6 557 #34 boy name
1890 537 9 528 #38 boy name
1891 516 8 508 #36 boy name
1892 603 11 592 #36 boy name
1893 586 12 574 #33 boy name
1894 587 12 575 #37 boy name
1895 615 5 610 #34 boy name
1896 586 10 576 #36 boy name
1897 595 8 587 #34 boy name
1898 596 13 583 #40 boy name
1899 520 6 514 #37 boy name
1900 717 18 699 #38 boy name
1901 529 9 520 #38 boy name
1902 582 8 574 #40 boy name
1903 568 12 556 #40 boy name
1904 631 11 620 #39 boy name
1905 623 21 602 #41 boy name
1906 608 10 598 #42 boy name
1907 625 9 616 #44 boy name
1908 711 22 689 #44 boy name
1909 715 28 687 #45 boy name
1910 777 17 760 #48 boy name
1911 916 22 894 #48 boy name
1912 1,867 27 1,840 #47 boy name
1913 2,354 31 2,323 #45 boy name
1914 2,907 29 2,878 #46 boy name
1915 3,846 44 3,802 #45 boy name
1916 3,979 43 3,936 #45 boy name
1917 3,860 48 3,812 #45 boy name
1918 4,416 43 4,373 #44 boy name
1919 4,034 53 3,981 #44 boy name
1920 4,254 48 4,206 #45 boy name
1921 4,202 56 4,146 #48 boy name
1922 3,789 51 3,738 #54 boy name
1923 3,674 44 3,630 #57 boy name
1924 3,780 48 3,732 #57 boy name
1925 3,409 51 3,358 #61 boy name
1926 3,291 60 3,231 #61 boy name
1927 3,260 54 3,206 #61 boy name
1928 3,043 67 2,976 #64 boy name
1929 2,748 51 2,697 #70 boy name
1930 2,521 43 2,478 #80 boy name
1931 2,301 36 2,265 #82 boy name
1932 2,093 35 2,058 #94 boy name
1933 1,815 29 1,786
1934 1,745 37 1,708
1935 1,619 27 1,592
1936 1,448 36 1,412
1937 1,439 25 1,414
1938 1,350 22 1,328
1939 1,354 25 1,329
1940 1,231 13 1,218
1941 1,217 16 1,201
1942 1,246 18 1,228
1943 1,325 15 1,310
1944 1,086 18 1,068
1945 985 15 970
1946 1,056 11 1,045
1947 1,010 13 997
1948 985 16 969
1949 888 20 868
1950 819 12 807
1951 854 13 841
1952 773 12 761
1953 696 9 687
1954 678 7 671
1955 722 7 715
1956 658 6 652
1957 666 8 658
1958 561 10 551
1959 538 9 529
1960 524 9 515
1961 479 0 479
1962 437 5 432
1963 414 5 409
1964 396 6 390
1965 376 0 376
1966 327 5 322
1967 311 6 305
1968 308 0 308
1969 300 0 300
1970 286 0 286
1971 271 0 271
1972 245 0 245
1973 209 0 209
1974 222 0 222
1975 192 5 187
1976 184 0 184
1977 176 0 176
1978 166 0 166
1979 191 0 191
1980 167 5 162
1981 157 0 157
1982 150 0 150
1983 150 0 150
1984 163 0 163
1985 140 0 140
1986 149 0 149
1987 160 0 160
1988 168 0 168
1989 167 0 167
1990 215 0 215
1991 210 0 210
1992 235 0 235
1993 205 0 205
1994 186 0 186
1995 212 0 212
1996 224 0 224
1997 222 0 222
1998 214 0 214
1999 170 0 170
2000 187 0 187
2001 231 0 231
2002 224 0 224
2003 300 0 300
2004 208 0 208
2005 224 0 224
2006 217 0 217
2007 241 0 241
2008 179 0 179
2009 223 0 223
2010 193 0 193
2011 178 0 178
2012 141 0 141
2013 156 0 156
2014 167 0 167
2015 149 0 149
2016 163 0 163
2017 148 0 148

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Popularity of Elmer as a first name

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Popularity of Elmer as a last name

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Common last names for Elmer

  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Anderson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Nelson
  • Peterson
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Olson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Clark
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Jackson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Elmer U.S.
  White 92.09% 64.26%
  African American 1.49% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.77% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.90% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.49% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.27% 16.26%

Of Last Name Elmer

People with the last name Elmer are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Elmer

  • What name lists does Elmer rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Elmer? Elmer is the 549th most popular name of all time. As a last name Elmer was the 5,671st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Elmer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 129,984 babies born with the first name Elmer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Elmer to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Elmer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 373 new born babies.
  • When was Elmer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Elmer is Thursday, May 25th, 1815.
  • What year had the most people named Elmer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Elmer was in 1918 with a total of 4,373 babies. That's a lot of babies named Elmer!
  • Random Elmer Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Elmer ranks 51st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Indiana. Imagine that, 104 babies in Indiana have the same name as you in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Elmer: Your name in reverse order is Remle. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elmer. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Elmer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,119 people with the last name Elmer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Elmer? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Elmer as their last name.

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