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Helman Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a person with fair hair or a light complexion, a derivative of Heller 5. Altered spelling of German Hellmann. Dutch: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild ‘strife’ + man ‘man’.

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


Similar surnames: Elman, Herman, Belman, Selman, Kelman, Hellman, Melman, Hetman

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Where is the Helman family from?

You can see how Helman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Helman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Helman families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 15 Helman families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 58% of all the recorded Helman's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Helman families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Helman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Helman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Helman. 17% of Helman men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Helman women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Helman were Clerk and Seamstress.

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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

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Saleslady
    8%
  • Seamstress
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Helman. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Helman. For the veterans among your Helman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Helman lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Helman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Helman in 1950 was 42, and 78 in 2004.

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