When Milfred Jerome "Deacon" Palmer was born on 22 March 1904, in Youngstown, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Alexander Jerome Palmer, was 22 and his mother, Agnes Shanefelter, was 19. He married Doris Lavina Morrison. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Unity Township, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States for about 30 years and Youngstown, North Union Township, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States in 1998. He died on 6 February 1976, in Orlando, Orange, Florida, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Latrobe, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, 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).