When Miles Newman Palmer was born on 22 March 1842, in Broome, New York, United States, his father, John Palmer, was 27 and his mother, Mary Lorina Winchel, was 27. He married Ellen Parmelia Austin about 1863, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in District 855, Floyd, Georgia, United States in 1900 and Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United States for about 13 years. He died on 18 January 1923, in Rochelle, Ogle, Illinois, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Dement Township, Ogle, Illinois, United States.
English: nickname from Middle English palmer(e) ‘palmer, pilgrim to the Holy Land’ (Anglo-Norman French palmer, Old French pa(l)mer, paum(i)er), so called from the palm branch carried by such pilgrims. The term was also used to denote an itinerant monk who traveled from shrine to shrine under a vow of poverty. This surname is also common in Ireland, where it has been recorded from the 13th century onward.
Irish: when not of English origin (see 1 above), a surname adopted for Gaelic Ó Maolfhoghmhair (see Milford ), the name of an ecclesiastical family.
Swedish (mainly Palmér): ornamental name formed with palm ‘palm tree’ + the suffix -ér (a derivative of Latin -erius) or -er (from German).