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Helmer Name Meaning

South German: occupational name for a helmet-maker, from Middle High German helm ‘helmet’ + the agent suffix -er. German and Dutch: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements helm ‘helmet’, ‘protection’ + heri, hari ‘army’; or from one composed of the elements hail ‘whole’, ‘sound’ + mari, meri ‘renowned’; or from one composed of the elements helm ‘helmet’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name, a derivative of Helm.

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


Similar surnames: Heller, Helder, Elmer, Hilmer, Helber, Hemmer, Helfer, Herzer, Hammer

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Where is the Helmer family from?

You can see how Helmer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Helmer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Helmer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 56 Helmer families living in New York. This was about 86% of all the recorded Helmer's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Helmer families in 1840.
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What did your Helmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Helmer. 22% of Helmer men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Helmer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Helmer were Clerk 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
    22%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Helmer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Helmer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Helmer. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Helmer. For the veterans among your Helmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Helmer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Helmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Helmer in 1944 was 26, and 82 in 2004.

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