Palmer family page
Elizabeth Marie Palmer, born in St Helier in 1882, sister of Henry Charles, daughter of William Henry (1845- ) and Charlotte Hughes, nee Welch (1844- )
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Origins of surname
This name had its origins in the Crusades and pilgrimages from France to the Holy Lands. As proof that they had made the journey, participants would bring back a palm branch; hence paumier – palmer.
Palms were obviously not then the common plant that they are in the south of France today. Nor, indeed, in Jersey, where they became very popular in the late 20th century to create the South Sea Island image projected at potential holidaymakers.
Palmer made its first appearance in Jersey in January 1780 with the marriage of Roger from Bedfordshire to Anne Esnouf, in St Saviour, followed by the baptism of the first of their children in April of the same year.
The Edmund Palmer shown in over 500 Ancestry trees as having been born in Jersey, Channel Islands, in 1747 had nothing to do with the island and was born in New Jersey, as a quick perusal of his ancestry and siblings in any of the trees will confirm. You only need to look at one - they are all copied from each other and doubtless from a single, careless, original.
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