The surname Palmer is derived from Middle English and Old French word palmer, paumer (from palme, paume ‘palm tree’, Latin palma), a nickname for someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Such pilgrims generally brought back a palm branch as proof that they had actually made the journey.The name is first recorded in England in 1273. The name was brought to Ireland by English settlers in the 16th Century and is predominantly found in Counties Dublin and Laois in the eastern province of Leinster. The Gaelic version of the name Palmer is Pámar.
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