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Hilmes Family History

Hilmes Name Meaning

German: habitational name from Hilmes near Hersfeld (Hesse) or from Hildesheim which is called Hilm(e)sen in the local dialect.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Holmes, Hils, Wilmes, Hilmer, Hiller, Hemmes, Hille, Biles, Gilles

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Where is the Hilmes family from?

You can see how Hilmes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hilmes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Hilmes families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 40 Hilmes families living in Illinois. This was about 66% of all the recorded Hilmes's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Hilmes families in 1880.
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What did your Hilmes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hilmes. 30% of Hilmes men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Hilmes women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hilmes were Carpenter and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Saleslady
  • Secretary
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Hilmes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hilmes 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 124 immigration records available for the last name Hilmes. 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 236 military records available for the last name Hilmes. For the veterans among your Hilmes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hilmes lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Hilmes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Hilmes in 1951 was 68, and 73 in 2004.

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