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Origins of the Archer surname

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What does the name Archer mean?

The origin of the Archer surname is English. It is an occupational surname, relating to those who were particularly proficient bowmen, or served in the military in this capacity. The name itself is Anglo-French, from the Norman word 'Archier'.

Alternative variations of the name Archer

Archer, Urcher, Archere, Aircher, Archir

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Where do most Archers live?

In 1921, most Archers lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Archers

How common is your surname?

313th most common surname in the UK

We have 127,000 records for the Archer surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Archers most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Archer first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Archers

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Archers in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Archers in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer


Coal Miner


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