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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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Where is the Helm family from?

You can see how Helm families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Helm family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Helm families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 37 Helm families living in Kentucky. This was about 18% of all the recorded Helm's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Helm families in 1840.
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What did your Helm ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Helm. 18% of Helm men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Helm women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Helm were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    18%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Helm. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 28,000 military records available for the last name Helm. For the veterans among your Helm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Helm lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, 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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