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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
Elmer Bernstein, American composer
Elmer Drew Merrill, American botanist
Elmer Francis Layden, American NFL player, coach and commissioner
(John William) Elmer Thomas, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma
Elmer James Lach, Canadian ice hockey player
Elmer Dessens (Jusaino), Mexican baseball player

Pop Culture References for the Name Elmer

Elmer Fudd, Loony Tunes character
Elmer Elephant, Silly Symphonies cartoon character
"Elmer Gantry," movie and novel by Sinclair Lewis and main character
Elmer the Bull, mascot for Elmer's Glue

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