Archer (surname)

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Family name
Meaning Occupational name denoting an archer
Region of origin England
Language(s) of origin Middle English
Related names Bowman, Archier, Fletcher

Archer is a surname in the English language.


The name is derived from the Middle English archere, and Old French archer, archier. The surname originated as an occupational name denoting an archer. By the 14th century, the mentioned Middle English and Old French words replaced the native English bowman. In North America, the surname Archer has absorbed many like-sounding names, and cognates (for example, the French Archier).[1]

People with the surname

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