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The PALMER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 150,407 158 0.056 558
United States (1880 census) 41,536 109 0.083 831
Change since 1880 +108871 -49 -0.027 -273
Other Countries
Australia 9,820 118 0.06 601
United Kingdom 47,848 88 0.104 1,042
Top States for PALMER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 11,382 250 0.034 336
Florida 9,881 148 0.062 618
Texas 8,882 262 0.043 426
New York 8,790 128 0.046 463
Ohio 6,747 137 0.059 594
Top States for PALMER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Utah 2,621 59 0.117 1,174
Maine 1,416 110 0.111 1,111
Vermont 644 64 0.106 1,058
Idaho 1,348 73 0.104 1,042
Delaware 812 90 0.104 1,036


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called PALMER live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called PALMER represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called PALMER in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a PALMER by picking someone at random in Utah than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of PALMER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the PALMER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the PALMER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of PALMER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 677 0.45
White (Caucasian) 117,122 77.87
Black/African American 26,035 17.31
Mixed Race 2,437 1.62
White (Hispanic) 2,903 1.93
Native American/Alaskan 1,248 0.83

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the PALMER surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of PALMER in historical publications

A pilgrim, so called from the palm-branch, which he constantly carried as a pledge of his having been in the Holy Land. "Here is a holy Palmer come, From Salem first, and last from Rome." Scott's Marmion.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

PALMER.* Sir Walter Raleigh, in the following beautiful lines, seems to regard palmer and pilgrim as synonymous terms : —

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to PALMER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PALMER.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for PALMER

The following words are slight variants of PALMER that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.