Homer Family History
Homer Name Meaning
English: topographic name for a dweller by a holly bush from Middle English holm (Old English holen) + the agent suffix -er a type of formation characteristic of Hampshire and Sussex. See Holm English: habitational name from Holmer (Herefordshire) Holmer Green (Buckinghamshire) or Homer (Devon) or else from other unrecorded placenames formed with Middle English hol(g)h + mere ‘pool by or in the hollow’ (Old English holh + mere). American shortened and altered form of Greek Omiros or one of its patronymic derivatives (Omirou which is found mainly in Cyprus Omiridis etc.). This was not only the name of the classical Greek epic poet (classical Greek Homēros) but was also borne by a Christian martyr venerated in the Greek Orthodox Church. Slovenian: variant of Homar and in North America probably also an altered form of this.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022