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Sommer Name Meaning

English and Irish: variant of Summer. German and Danish: from Middle German sumer, Danish, Norwegian sommer ‘summer’, a nickname for someone of a warm disposition, or for someone associated with the season in some other way or from living in a sunny place, in some instances a metonymic occupational name for a basketweaver or a drummer, from Middle High German sum(b)er, sum(m)er ‘basket’, ‘basketry’, ‘drum’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Sommer ‘summer’. Like the other seasonal names, this was also one of the group of names that were bestowed on Jews more or less at random by government officials in 18th- and 19th-century central Europe.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Summer, Simmer, Hammer, Sohmer, Somer, Kummer, Semler, Kommer, Comer

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You can see how Sommer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sommer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sommer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 33 Sommer families living in Ontario. This was about 46% of all the recorded Sommer's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sommer families in 1911.
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What did your Sommer ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and School Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Sommer. 34% of Sommer men worked as a Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Manufacturer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • School Teacher
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Passenger Lists

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There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Sommer. For the veterans among your Sommer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sommer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Sommer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Sommer in 1944 was 34, and 79 in 2004.

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