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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Farm"er
One who farmsOne who hires and cultivates a farm; a cultivator of leased ground; a tenant.One who is devoted to the tillage of the soil; one who cultivates a farm; an agriculturist; a husbandman.One who takes taxes, customs, excise, or other duties, to collect, either paying a fixed annuual rent for the privilege; as, a farmer of the revenues.The lord of the field, or one who farms the lot and cope of the crown.

Etymology: Cf. F. fermier

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A person who operates a farm
  2. An expert on cooking whose cookbook has undergone many editions (1857-1915)
  3. United States civil rights leader who in 1942 founded the Congress of Racial Equality (born in 1920)

From Middle English *fermer, fermour (“a steward, bailliff, collector of taxes”), partly from Old French fermier (“a farmer, a lessee, husbandman, bailliff”), from Medieval Latin firmarius (“one to whom land is rented, a collector of taxes, deputy”), from firma, see farm; and partly from Old English feormere (“a purveyor of a guild, a supplier of food, a grocer, farmer”), from feormian (“to purvey, supply, feed”), equivalent to farm +‎ -er. More at farm.

  1. A person who works the land and/or who keeps livestock, especially on a farm.
  2. Agent noun of farm; someone or something that farms.
  3. (historical) One who takes taxes, customs, excise, or other duties, to collect for a certain rate per cent.
    a of the revenues
  4. (historical, mining) The lord of the field, or one who farms the lot and cope of the crown.

farmer was also found in the following language(s): Hungarian and Serbo-Croatian

Notable Persons Named Farmer

Farmer was born on October 10th, 1957 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.


Farmer Weaver was an athlete. Farmer was born on March 23rd, 1865 in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He left this life on January 23rd, 1943.


Farmer was born in 1959.


Farmer Vaughn was a baseball. Farmer was born on March 1st, 1864 in Ruraldale, Ohio. He left this life on February 21st, 1914.


Farmer Burns is a baseball player. Farmer was born on June 2nd, 1876 in Ashtabula, Ohio.


Farmer Steelman was a baseball. Farmer was born on June 29th, 1875 in Millville, New Jersey. Farmer is also known as Steelman and Morris James. He breathed his last breath on September 16th, 1944.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Farmer

Frances Farmer was an actress and television host. Frances was given the name Frances Elena Farmer on September 19th, 1913 in Seattle, Washington, U.S. She left this life on August 1st, 1970.


Mylène Farmer is a pop music, rock music, synthpop, electronic music, and new wave music musician. She was most prominent from 1984 to present. Mylène was given the name Mylène Jeanne Gautier on September 12th, 1961 in Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada.


Paul Farmer is a scientist in the fields of infectious disease, internal medicine, medical anthropology, and infection. Paul was born on October 26th, 1959 in North Adams, Massachusetts.


Bill Farmer is a voice actor, comedian, and voice acting. He was most prominent from 1986 to present. Bill was given the name William Farmer on November 14th, 1952 in Pratt, Kansas, U.S.


Tony was born on January 3rd, 1970.


James Farmer was a civil rights activist, civil, political rights, and civil rightsactivist. James was given the name James Leonard Farmer, Jr. by his parents James L. Farmer and Sr. on January 12th, 1920 in Marshall, Texas. He left this life on July 9th, 1999.


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Popularity of Farmer as a last name

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Common last names for Farmer

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Farmer U.S.
  White 77.16% 64.26%
  African American 17.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.05% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.82% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.07% 16.26%

Of Last Name Farmer

People with the last name Farmer are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Farmer

  • How Popular is the name Farmer? Farmer is the 31,879th most popular name of all time. As a last name Farmer was the 480th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Farmer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 139 babies born with the first name Farmer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Farmer to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Farmer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Farmer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Farmer is Saturday, April 27th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Farmer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Farmer was in 1916 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Random Farmer Factoid: According to the 1922 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Farmer is not a popular baby boy's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1922.
  • Weird things about the name Farmer: Your name in reverse order is Remraf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ermfra. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Farmer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 69,617 people with the last name Farmer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Farmer? Farmer was ranked as the 480th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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