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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Palm"er
One who palms or cheats, as at cards or dice.

Etymology: From Palm (v. t.)

noun Palm"er
A wandering religious votary; especially, one who bore a branch of palm as a token that he had visited the Holy Land and its sacred places.

Etymology: From Palm the tree

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  1. United States golfer (born in 1929)
Wiktionary

From Middle English palmer (“a pilgrim from the Holy Land”), from Old French.

  1. An English surname​.

Notable Persons Named Palmer

Palmer Luckey is a founder at oculus vr, oculus vr, and founder atoculus vr. Palmer was given the name Palmer Freeman Luckey on September 19th, 1992 in Long Beach, California.

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Gregg Palmer was an actor. He was most active from 1950 to 1950. Gregg was given the name Palmer Edvind Lee on January 25th, 1927 in San Francisco. He left this life on October 31st, 2015.

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Palmer Hayden was a in the field of painting. Palmer was given the name Peyton Cole Hedgeman on January 15th, 1890. He breathed his last breath on February 18th, 1973.

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Palmer Williams Jr. is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2008.

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Palmer Cox was a writer. Palmer was born on April 28th, 1840 in Granby, Quebec, Canada. He died on July 24th, 1924.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Palmer

Teresa Palmer is an actress and model. She has had major accomplishments since 2005. Teresa was given the name Teresa Mary Palmer on February 26th, 1986 in Adelaide.

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Jayne Mansfield was a country and pop actress, singer, playboy playmate, nightclub entertainer, and model. Her career lasted from 1954 to 1967. Jayne was given the name Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19th, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Jayne is also known as Vera Jayne Peers and Vera Palmer. She breathed her last breath on June 29th, 1967.

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Keke Palmer is an actress, singer, songwriter, presenter, and television personality. She has been prominent since 2002. Keke was given the name Lauren Keyana Palmer on August 26th, 1993 in Harvey, Illinois, U.S.

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Arnold Palmer is a golf player.

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Amanda Palmer is an alternative rock and dark cabaret musician. She plays Vocals, keyboard, piano, ukulele, and harmonica. Her ongoing career started in 1989. Amanda was given the name Amanda MacKinnon Palmer on April 30th, 1976 in New York City, New York, U.S. Amanda is also known as Amanda Palmer and AmandaPalmer.

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Robert Palmer was a musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1964 to 2003. Robert was given the name Robert Allen Palmer on January 19th, 1949 in Batley, West Yorkshire, England. He passed away on September 26th, 2003.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 10 0 10
1881 8 0 8
1882 15 0 15
1884 6 0 6
1885 8 0 8
1886 12 0 12
1887 13 0 13
1888 16 0 16
1889 8 0 8
1890 10 0 10
1891 15 0 15
1892 10 0 10
1893 15 0 15
1894 18 0 18
1895 13 0 13
1896 12 0 12
1897 23 0 23
1898 16 0 16
1899 10 0 10
1900 21 0 21
1901 20 0 20
1902 11 0 11
1903 22 0 22
1904 19 0 19
1905 19 0 19
1906 27 0 27
1907 22 0 22
1908 44 7 37
1909 29 0 29
1910 30 5 25
1911 42 0 42
1912 77 5 72
1913 92 7 85
1914 81 0 81
1915 140 5 135
1916 141 5 136
1917 146 11 135
1918 180 7 173
1919 140 0 140
1920 151 7 144
1921 169 9 160
1922 166 6 160
1923 145 9 136
1924 133 7 126
1925 138 7 131
1926 128 9 119
1927 99 0 99
1928 105 0 105
1929 115 0 115
1930 106 5 101
1931 92 0 92
1932 96 7 89
1933 100 8 92
1934 70 0 70
1935 91 0 91
1936 83 0 83
1937 72 0 72
1938 59 0 59
1939 60 0 60
1940 68 0 68
1941 75 0 75
1942 74 0 74
1943 79 0 79
1944 71 5 66
1945 47 0 47
1946 50 0 50
1947 67 10 57
1948 60 6 54
1949 69 10 59
1950 52 13 39
1951 42 0 42
1952 48 0 48
1953 43 0 43
1954 40 5 35
1955 61 5 56
1956 55 6 49
1957 55 8 47
1958 37 0 37
1959 48 8 40
1960 39 6 33
1961 52 6 46
1962 41 0 41
1963 26 0 26
1964 45 7 38
1965 30 5 25
1966 28 0 28
1967 37 7 30
1968 31 7 24
1969 25 0 25
1970 30 0 30
1971 27 0 27
1972 23 0 23
1973 15 0 15
1974 14 0 14
1975 18 0 18
1976 19 0 19
1977 19 0 19
1978 11 0 11
1979 13 0 13
1980 27 0 27
1981 29 5 24
1982 21 0 21
1983 15 0 15
1984 24 0 24
1985 25 0 25
1986 44 8 36
1987 19 0 19
1988 27 0 27
1989 41 5 36
1990 48 0 48
1991 36 0 36
1992 39 8 31
1993 46 7 39
1994 59 8 51
1995 43 7 36
1996 53 9 44
1997 61 5 56
1998 94 12 82
1999 71 5 66
2000 72 7 65
2001 66 8 58
2002 61 7 54
2003 82 10 72
2004 97 11 86
2005 90 10 80
2006 112 14 98
2007 133 24 109
2008 104 20 84
2009 111 17 94
2010 96 13 83
2011 161 67 94
2012 252 138 114
2013 246 132 114
2014 284 173 111
2015 313 176 137
2016 374 241 133
2017 424 246 178

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Popularity of Palmer as a first name

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Popularity of Palmer as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Palmer U.S.
  White 75.08% 64.26%
  African American 18.57% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.81% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.11% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.87% 16.26%

Of Last Name Palmer

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

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Fun Facts about the name Palmer

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  • How Popular is the name Palmer? Palmer is the 2,611th most popular name of all time. As a last name Palmer was the 172nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Palmer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,303 babies born with the first name Palmer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Palmer to occupy the country of Saint Barth with an estimated population of 8,902 (as of January 1, 2009).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Palmer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Palmer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Palmer is Thursday, February 1st, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Palmer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Palmer was in 2017 with a total of 246 babies.
  • Random Palmer Factoid: According to the 1913 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Palmer ranks 96th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 8 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1913.
  • Weird things about the name Palmer: Your name in reverse order is Remlap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Almrpe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Palmer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 156,601 people with the last name Palmer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Palmer? Palmer was ranked as the 172nd 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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