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What does the name Palmer mean?

The Palmer surname has been found in records dating back to the 1200s and is considered to be English, of Norman origin. Palmer is a derivation of the Old French 'paumer' and refers to those who have made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Those who made the journey would carry back palm leaves as proof that they had travelled, and this surname would be given to them and their descendants.

The earliest occurrence of the Palmer surname in our family history documents is from 1404, and we currently have 1,965,445 records where Palmer appears.

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