Helm Name Meaning

English (chiefly Lancashire): topographic name for someone who lived by or worked at a rough temporary shelter for animals, Middle English helm (Old Norse hjalmr, related to the Old English and Old High German words in 2 below), or a habitational name from a minor place named Helm or Helme from this word, as for example in County Durham, Northumberland, and West Yorkshire. English, German, and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a maker of helmets, from Middle English, Middle High German, Middle Dutch helm. German and Dutch: from a medieval personal name, a short form of any of the various compound names formed with helm ‘helmet’. Compare, e.g., Helmbrecht. Scottish: habitational name from Helme in Roxburghshire (Borders). Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Helm ‘helmet’.

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


Similar surnames: Holm, Hell, Held, Heim, Elm, Palm, Hamm, Kelm, Belt, Hole

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Helm Family Origin

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Helm Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Helm occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Helm's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Helm. A less common occupation for the Helm family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

    39%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Farm Laborer

    3%

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Helm Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, Helm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Helm in 1942 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

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