"one who holds a palm"

Palmer Origin and Meaning

The name Palmer is a boy's name of English origin meaning "one who holds a palm".

Palmer is a name that derives from the fact that pilgrims often carried palms, thus the double meaning. It's a fresher sounding twist on such upper-crusty surname names as Porter and Parker.

Despite its long history as a boy's name, Palmer has been most successful recently on the US girl's charts — solidly in the Top 300. Nonetheless, Palmer is sitting quietly just inside the Top 1000 boy's list, and would make a respectably stylish choice for any gender.

# 942 in the US

Palmer Rank in US Top 1000

# 1656 on Nameberry

Palmer Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Palmer Popularity

Famous People Named Palmer

  • Palmer Edvind Leebirth name of Gregg Palmer, American actor
  • Palmer CoxCanadian illustrator and author
  • Palmer Eddy PierceU.S. WWI general
  • H. Palmer HallAmerican poet
  • Palmer C. HaydenAmerican painter
  • Palmer Freeman LuckeyAmerican founder of Oculus VR
  • Palmer Cosslett PutnamAmerican wind,power engineer
  • (William) Palmer PyleAmerican NFL player
  • Grady Palmer Wright (b. 2020)son of American soccer player Arin Gilliland Wright

Palmer in Pop Culture

  • Palmer Josscharacter in film "Contact"
  • Palmer Cortlandtcharacter on American TV soap "All My Children"
  • Palmercharacter in "The Thing" series