Used as a given name during the 19th century. Listed among the top 100 names from 1880 to 1932. The name may have been adversely influenced by the 1927 Sinclair Lewis novel,"Elmer Gantry," that portrays the title character as a rogue. The novel was adapted into a film in 1960. Also associated with fictional cartoon character Elmer J. Fudd, who made his first appearance in 1940. , Noble

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