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Palmer Meaning and Origin

The name Palmer is a unisex name meaning “palm bearer” and is of English origin. Originally a surname that denoted someone who had made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and brought back a palm branch as a symbol of their journey. Over time, it became a surname and eventually a first name. As a first name, it is more commonly used for boys than girls. Famous people with the first name Palmer include Palmer Cox, an illustrator and creator of the Brownies cartoon characters, and Palmer Hayden, an African-American painter associated with the Harlem Renaissance. The surname Palmer has been borne by several notable figures throughout history, including Geoffrey Palmer, an English actor, and Arnold Palmer, an American professional golfer.

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