Last name: Palmer

This ancient Anglo-French surname recorded in the spellings of Palmer, Palmar, Parmer, Paumier, and the dialectals Pymar, Pymer, and Pimer, is a medieval descriptive nickname. It is one of the sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of personal descriptions or characteristics. The derivation, in this instance, is from the pre 10th century Old French, "palmer or paumier", and derives from assumed or perhaps in some cases, actual, pilgrimages or crusades to the Holy Land. Such pilgrims, who often wore suits of armour and carried some very unfriendly weapons, generally brought back a palm branch as proof that they had actually made the journey. A quotation from a medieval writer reads, "The faded palm-branch in his hand, showed the pilgrim from the Holy Land". In its various spellings this was one of the earliest of all surnames. Early examples of the surname recordings include such as Wiger le Palmer of Lincolnshire in the 1191 rolls, and Richard le Paumere of Middlesex in the year 1198. Ricardus Palmer appears in the 1379 Poll Tax rolls of Yorkshire, whilst Joseph Pymer was recorded in London in 1665, at the height of the 'Black death'. John Palmer, aged 18 years, who embarked from London on the ship "Primrose" bound for Virginia, in July 1635, was one of the earliest recorded settlers in America. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Chris Palmer
I'm from Carlisle and have just started my family tree. Does anyone know of Palmers in Cumbria?

Christian Palmer
Awesome. I got Crusader blood in me.

Te huri nui Paama
Kia Ora ( hello) I am a Palmer from Tauranga New Zealand We are descendents of James Palmer of the ship Primrose. He migrated from America to New Zealand and married two woman of Maori descent . The first Kere rangi ki waho and the second my ancestor Hiria Te uru tawera. Some of our family have changed the name to Paama . We are Maori and we are Palmers( Paama) too

I am a first generation Australian Palmer, with my father's family coming from Wales, UK. I'm interested in finding any Palmer connections in South Wales. Philip, Charles and John are all well-represented in my family through the generations as family names passed from father to son. I have few relatives that I know of, so therefore am really keen to try and trace some more information. We had a 19thC male relative go from Wales to the USA, but died with no heir. Other than that and my direct family in Australia, the remainder would still be in Wales and the UK. Any South Welshmen Palmers??

c palmer
i am from cardiff in soth wales and have many relatives in wales

c palmer
i meant i am from cardiff in south wales jjpalmer i also have many relatives in wales too

Ray Palmer
Hi fellow Palmers! I'm from a line of Palmers from Cardiff, S Wales, going back to the late 1800s, and before that back to the Middle Ages in Wiltshire, mostly the village of Coombe Bissett. I've been researching the family history for several years, but am always happy to learn about new relatives, no matter how distant!

Kimberly Palmer Hasty
WoW! This is interesting. I thought my name was if Italian descent shortened from DePalmer. Thanks for the page!

Cathy Palmer
Hi I am trying to get information on my Palmer line, my father was Harold Daniel Palmer, died in 1972 and I would like more information on his father. I do have some census records that indicate my grandfather was married before he married my grandmother, at age 26, and that he was widowed. I know nothing about this prior family. Anyone doing research on ancestry of Palmer in Missouri or Oklahoma I would love the help.


Hello I am trying to find information for my Dad if name is Ivor Charles plamer originally from Grafton Nsw. He is now 62 and was adopted at a young age and is now Ivor Charles Faulks. Any help in to finding his family would be great. Thank you.

penny fullard

Hi everyone, I have just started doing some family research. I have found out that my great-nanny, was Elsie N. Palmer. She married Ernest Wormald(great granddad), in the months between Jul-Aug-Sep, Year: 1912 , Bromsgrove,Worcestershire , England. They had two daughters, Evelyn N. Wormald in 1913, and Mary May Fullard( my nanny), in May of 1914. Not sure if this information is helpful to anyone, but I thought I would pass it on.

Tiffany P

Hello everyone, I live in Missouri(USA). I don't know much about my family on the Palmer side, but I know that my grandfather, Curtis R Palmer Sr., married Anita Faye Smith. Curtis's mother's name is Thaddie May(unsure of maiden name) and his father is Floyd Palmer. I believe Curtis was born in Wright City, Oklahoma. I haven't been able to figure out much past that. Any help would be much appreciated :)

George Palmer

Hi, My name is George Palmer and I live in Western Australia, originally I lived in Melbourne. My Great Grand father father was born Parsonstown County Offaly in 1820. At some time he moved to Birmingham England and married a Sarah Lea, they had James 1846, Thomas 1848, Bridget 1851, Margaret 1856, John 1858 my Grand father, Mary 1860, Sarah 1856, all born in Birmingham England. My Grand father came out to Australia in 1884 and married a Jane Neil. It has taken me about 50 years to get this far, so, if it rings any bells please contact me. My Email is

George Palmer

P.S I forgot to say that my great grand father was John.

Marion Palmer-Dickinson

My maiden name is Palmer. My father was Frederick Moses Palmer, grandfather was George Arthur Palmer. Grew up in New Hampshire,USA. Any other Palmers out there I need to know about?

daniel adams

My mum was a Palmer.Miriam Ada Palmer.Her gt grandad was a Charles Palmer.think he came from Bramford.

Talycia Bryan

My name is Talycia Bryan and my fathers name is Joseph Bryan but his father was eric/erik palmer from the blue moutains, new south wales and that is all me or my father know

Barrie Palmer

I was born in Leicester England 1937 my Grandfather was born 1881 also in Leicester. He took my father Henry to Canada 1903 and lived there until he died.1941. My father returned to England 1910. My grandfather served in the Canadian army he lived in Quebec untill he died.I want to know what happened to him between 1910 and1941 if possible

Barrie Palmer

My Grandfather George Palmer lived in Quebec Canada. 1907 to 1941. He was a shoe maker from Leicester England. He fought in the First World War and returned to Canada where he died 1941. I live in Leicester was born1937.

Allison Palmer

My whole family of Palmers live in Wisconsin and Illinois.

My grandmother shirley is a palmer. Her father Paul palmer. three brother by a different mother. Jacob and Mary (kohkonin) palmer came from Finland. Unable to find anything about ancestry. If anyone could help.

My great, great, great grandfather was Samuel John Palmer, he was born in England in the 1800s. my sister and I are researching our family history of our English bloodline, but we don't know where in England he was from, as he sailed to Samoa probably in the 1830s, where he married a Samoan chief's daughter, and produced 3 sons, and 3 daughters, the eldest boy - John(Ioane) Palmer, (2)Charles(Sale) Palmer,(3)William (Viliamu)Palmer, (4)Angelica (Egeleka) Palmer, (5) Alice (Alaisa) Palmer, (6) Helen (Eleni) Palmer. we really want to find out where in England he came from, as we searched by first name there is so many Palmer's with the same first names as his. All we know he came to Samoa, and purchased lands in the East coast of Upolu Samoa in the 1800s, where most of my extended families still live there. please email me of any information about my great, great, great grandfather to my email add - Please help. Thank you

mary price
looking for a john p. palmer who entered ydna on FTDNA and lastest ancestor was Vincenzio Palmieri (Palmer). He is my son's closest match but his email is wrong. thanks

jack palmer
looking for relatives in georgia

Crusader blood

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