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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Elmer
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Elmer in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Elmer:
Records indicate that 126,542 boys in the United States have been named Elmer since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 4,377 people in the U.S. were given the name Elmer. Those people are now 103 years old.
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Comments about the name Elmer
Based on the comments submitted below
1 Positive Comment
"My Dad's name was Henry Elmer. Since his Dad's name was Henry, the family started calling him Elmer to cut down on confusion around the house. I think the name is wonderful because the Dad I loved was wonderful" May. 19, 2021:
5 Neutral Comments
"Conjures up two images: either New York Jewish men born between 1892 and 1922 (Elmer Rice and Elmer Bernstein respectively), or Deep South redneck characters (like Elmer Fudd)." May. 7, 2016:
"Elmer Fudd in the Bugs Bunny cartoons was noted for saying "Shhh! Be vewwy vewwy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits". Obviously, Elmer is not the good name that it had been a century ago when it was popular, and Elmer Fudd was certainly a villainous character in them cartoons. Now there is also Elmer the Patchwork Elephant of many colours, another thing to discourage most parents from ever giving their children this old-fashioned name, and Elmer's Glue is yet another negative association. This name definitely belongs in the retirement home with fellow grandpas Herman (think 'The Munsters') and Wilbur (as in the pig in E.B. White's novel 'Charlotte's Web' and also Elmer the Patchwork Elephant's black and white cousin), as well as grandmas Ethel (as in I Love Lucy's Ethel Mertz), Beulah (think the TV series of the Fifties with the black maid of that name), and Hortense (which sounds like a combination of the words "whore" and "tense")." Jun. 10, 2008:
"A popular name when American playwright Elmer Rice was born in 1892 and when American composer Elmer Bernstein was born in 1922, but now much less common today than it was back then. There have been several things which caused its decline in popularity in the 20th century - Sinclair Lewis' 1927 novel 'Elmer Gantry', Bugs Bunny's arch-enemy Elmer Fudd, Elmer the Bull (he's the husband of Elsie the Cow), and Elmer's Glue. Alongside Wilbur and Mortimer, Elmer is almost like the male equivalent of "Ethel" and "Beulah" in terms of their present-day grandparent-ish images. Though they were all considered cool pre-1900, they are totally uncool today." May. 19, 2008:
"Another thing, besides Elmer Fudd, which caused this name's decline in popularity in the 20th century is, of course, Elmer's Glue. I don't render this name a classic, but just a plain so-far-out-it'll-probably-always-be-out name." Feb. 5, 2008:
"Elmer Fudd in Bugs Bunny was the reason for this name's decline in popularity in recent decades." Jan. 14, 2008:
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