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Gender: M Meaning of Elmer: "noble and renowned" Origin of Elmer: English

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Thanks to Elmer Fudd, Elmer the Cow, and even Elmer's glue, this name has become a bit of a joke -- the quintessential so-far-out-it-will-always-be-out name. But with its trendy El-beginning and popular er-ending, who knows?

Hard as it may be to believe today, Elmer was a Top 100 name for at least 50+ years--until 1937--hitting Number 38 at the turn of the last century. One literary reference is the title character in Sinclair Lewis's novel Elmer Gantry; real life namesakes include playwright Elmer Rice and composer Elmer Bernstein. "Elmer's Tune" is a jazz classic.

Famous People Named Elmer

Elmer Rice, American playwright
Elmer Sperry, American inventor

Pop Culture References for the Name Elmer

"Elmer Elephant", a Silly Symphonies cartoon short produced by The Walt Disney Company

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