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

Elmer Origin and Meaning

The name Elmer is a boy's name of English origin meaning "noble and renowned".

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.

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Pop Culture References for the name Elmer

Aymer, Elmir, Aylmer, Aylmar, Elmar


ParanoidAndroid Says:


“El” names had quite the run in the early 20th century, didn’t they? Elton, Eleazer, Ellsworth, Elliot, Elwin, Elbert, Elmo, etc. ...But who can forget the (once) extremely popular “Elmer”? Nowadays regardless of the juvenile Elmer Fudd jokes, “Elmer” itself just doesn’t do the trick. The “Mer” suffix just gives the name an unpleasant, nasal ring to it.

Bobcat108 Says:


Be veh-eh-eh-ww-y quiet...I'm hunting for a different name.

Daiseymae Says:


I hope it is never.

snowsbeloved Says:


I think it's going to take a little bit more time for this name to become popular again...from where I stand, at least.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I don't think of the patchwork elephant. I think of Elmer's glue or Elmer Fudd from Looney Toons. I liked this name as a kid.

Essa Says:


I think the patchwork elephant adds a super cuteness to this name! I don't think it's a bad connotation at all. It's barely even known by kids now anyway.

lesliemarion Says:


I too love this name. I would name a boy Kenelm and call him Elm or Elmer. I have never heard of this patchwork elephant!

helenlouise Says:


I genuinely really love this name but just think that Elmer the patchwork elephant might be too prominent a connotation in childhood circles.