Last name origins & meanings:

  1. German: from a medieval personal name Palmatius, borne by a saint who died in 286.
  2. Northwest German: topographic name from Middle High German palme, balme ‘pussy willow’, the tree that traditionally provided the branches for Palm Sunday processions, or habitational name from a house distinguished by the sign of a palm tree.
  3. German: from a reduced and altered form of a personal name formed with Old High German bald ‘bold’, ‘brave’ as its first element.
  4. Swedish: ornamental name from palm ‘palm tree’.
  5. Dutch: nickname for someone who had been on pilgrimage to the Holy Land (see Palmer), from palm ‘palm tree’.
  6. Dutch (Van Palm): habitational name denoting someone from any of several minor places called Palm or Palme.
  7. Translation of French Lapalme.
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