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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Typical jobs for Palmers
Hard-working people, the Palmers. 2238 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Palmers lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Palmer in London.
Palmers’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Palmers were angels, apparently. We found 2388 in criminal records.
Palmers in World War I
According to the World War I records, 3091 Palmers served in the First World War.