Elmer Name Meaning & Origin

Elmer

Pronunciation: EHL-mer (key)

Origin of the name Elmer:

Transferred use of the surname originating from the obsolete Old English Æthelmær, Æðelmær, a compound name composed of the elements æthel, æðel (noble) and mær (famous): hence, "noble and famous."

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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My Great Grandmother, Elmer Effie (Simpson) Tolley born about 1878 in Crittenden co ky to James Huey Simpson and Sarah Catherine (Greer) Simpson. We dont know why or how or where the Elmer came from and by the time it was questioned of us now in the search ancestors we still dont know how she came to be named ELMER. A lady she called Grandma NUNN and worked for on the lady's property who had large land holdings told her Elmer was a man's name and renamed her Elma. Elma later in 1902 marred Robert H Tolley who was clearing the lady Nunns forest. I have found no Elmer's in the family and the only family line I cant find is James Huey Simpson's mother was Louisa Lyzenby daughter of Orpha Marvel and Charles Lyzenby b. 1801 in Livingston co Ky. The Marvel's are traced and Louisa said to be part indian so I guess the Elmer came from either the maternal or paternal side of Charles Lyzenby. Sincerely Denise of Madison co Ill.
Robert Tolley family left Ky went via Tn to Kansas where my gpa was born then by 1920 they were in madison co ill.

Elmer Fudd comes to mind.

Well, there's Elmer Fudd, and then there's Elmer's Glue...

Elmer and Merle are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

This is a goofy name.

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A Salvadoran couple selected this name for their baby boy because they could both pronounce and spell it.

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Famous real-life people named Elmer: | Edit

Elmer Bernstein, Academy and Golden Globe winning film score composer.
Elmer Charles Bigelow, United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
Elmer Davis, news reporter, the WWII Director of the United States Office of War Information and a Peabody Award Recipient.
Elmer E.Ellsworth, American Civil War hero.
Elmer Rice, Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright.

Elmer in song, story & screen: | Edit

Elmer Fudd, of course!
Elmer the Bull, husband of Elsie the Cow (mascot of Borden Dairy Products), who gave his name to Elmer's Glue.
"Elmer the Patchwork Elephant," a children's picture book series by author David McKee.
"Elmer Gantry," a novel by Sinclair Lewis, which was made into a film starring Burt Lancaster.
Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera, a British psychedelic rock band active in the late 1960s.

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