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Helms Name Meaning

English: variant of Helm 1. North German and Dutch: patronymic from Helm 2-3.

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


Similar surnames: Helm, Helme, Herms, Heims, Helmes, Delfs, Heins, Huls, Helmus, Elms

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Where is the Helms family from?

You can see how Helms families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Helms family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Helms families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 32 Helms families living in North Carolina. This was about 16% of all the recorded Helms's in the USA. North Carolina and 1 other state had the highest population of Helms families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Helms surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Helms ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Helms. 22% of Helms men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Helms women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Helms were Salesman 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

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Stenographer
    5%
  • Seamstress
    5%
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Census Records

There are 90,000 census records available for the last name Helms. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Helms 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Helms. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Helms. For the veterans among your Helms ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Helms lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Helms life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Helms in 1941 was 38, and 72 in 2004.

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