When John Henry Archer was born in May 1865, in Indiana, United States, his father, Waterman H. Archer, was 33 and his mother, Elizabeth Ohlwine, was 31. He lived in Noble, Indiana, United States in 1935 and Cromwell, Sparta Township, Noble, Indiana, United States in 1940. He died on 5 June 1944, in Ligonier, Perry Township, Noble, Indiana, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Kimmell, Sparta Township, Noble, Indiana, United States.
English and French: from Middle English archere, Anglo-Norman French archer, Old French archier ‘bowman’, hence an occupational name for an archer. This Norman French word partially replaced the native English word bowman in the 14th century. In North America, this surname may have absorbed some cases of European cognates such as French Archier. Compare Larcher .
German: from an agent derivative of Old High German archa ‘mill-race’ (from Latin arca ‘chest, box’). This surname is rare in Germany.
Germanized form of Slovenian Arhar: German-influenced patronymic from the personal name Arh (see Arch 3), an old vernacular equivalent of Henry . Alternatively, perhaps a topographic name derived from Old High German archa ‘mill-race’ (see 2 above), hence a cognate of Slovenian Rakar (see Raker 4).