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Meaning and Origin of: Elmer

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Famous nobleman

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : from the Middle English personal name Ailmar, Old English Æ{dh}elmǣr, composed of the elements æ{dh}el ‘noble’ + mǣr ‘famous’, which was reinforced after the Conquest by the introduction of Old French Ailmer, from a Continental cognate.
  • North German : from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements agi(l) ‘edge or tip (of a sword)’ + man ‘man’.
  • South German : topographic name for someone who lived by an elm tree, Middle High German elm(e).
  • Swiss German : habitational name from a village so named in Glarus canton.
  • Edward Elmer was one of the founders of Hartford, CT, (coming from Cambridge, MA, with Thomas Hooker) in 1635.