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Wilhelm Family History

Wilhelm Name Meaning
German: from the Germanic personal name Willahalm, composed of the elements wil ‘will’, ‘desire’ + helm ‘helmet’, ‘protection’.

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

621,878 Historical Documents with Wilhelm on Ancestry.com
180,416 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
28,166 Military Records
26,500 Immigration Records
75,435 Census and Voter Lists
311,361 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Wilhelm Families

  • Number of Wilhelm families
     216 - 429
     73 - 215
     1 - 72
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Wilhelm families
     14 - 25
     5 - 13
     1 - 4
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Wilhelm families
     3 - 3
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Wilhelm Family Origin

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Wilhelm Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Wilhelm

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Wilhelm Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Wilhelm census records

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Wilhelm Civil War Service Records

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