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Elmer Meaning and Origin

The name Elmer is a boy’s name meaning “noble and famous” and is of English origin. The name Elmer has Germanic and Old English origins. In Germanic languages, it is derived from the elements “el,” meaning “noble,” and “mer,” meaning “famous” or “renowned.” In Old English, it is a combination of “ælf” (elf) and “mær” (famous). Elmer gained popularity during the medieval period and continued to be used through the centuries. Variations of Elmer include Elmar, Elmir, and Elmero. In different languages, alternative versions of the name exist, such as Almar (Dutch), Almerico (Italian), and Almaric (French). There have been notable individuals with the name Elmer throughout history, including Elmer Ambrose Sperry (American inventor), Elmer Bernstein (American composer), and Elmer McCurdy (American outlaw). Fictional Characters: Elmer Fudd is a famous cartoon character from the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes series. Elmer is one of those vintage names that we rarely hear anymore, and that’s exactly why it should be on the list to consider. 

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