Palm Family History
Palm Name Meaning
German: from a short form of the medieval personal name Palmatius borne by a Christian saint who died in 286. This surname (in any of the possible senses; see also below) is also found in France (mainly Lorraine). North German: topographic name from Middle Low German palme Middle High German palme balme ‘pussy willow’ the tree that traditionally provided the branches for Palm Sunday processions or a topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of a palm tree. German: from a shortened and altered form of a personal name formed with Old High German bald ‘bold brave’ as its first element. Swedish: ornamental name from palm ‘palm tree’. Dutch: nickname for someone who had been on pilgrimage to the Holy Land so called from the palm branch carried by such pilgrims from palm ‘palm tree’. Dutch (Van der Palm): habitational name for someone from any of several minor places called Palm or Palme.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press