Wilhelm Family History

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Wilhelm Name Meaning

German: from the Germanic personal name Willahalm, composed of the elements wil ‘will’, ‘desire’ + helm ‘helmet’, ‘protection’.

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

Similar surnames: Widhalm, Wilbert, Willert, Will, Wilmer, Helm, Wichert, Wibbels

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Wilhelm Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wilhelm name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wilhelm. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Wilhelm Family Origin

Where is the Wilhelm family from?

Wilhelm Family Occupations

What did your Wilhelm ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wilhelm. A less common occupation for the Wilhelm family was Tailor. The most common Wilhelm occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Wilhelm's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Tailor


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Wilhelm ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Wilhelm Historical Records

What Wilhelm family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 78,000 census records available for the last name Wilhelm. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wilhelm census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilhelm. 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 Card

There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Wilhelm. For the veterans among your Wilhelm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wilhelm Life Expectancy

What is the average Wilhelm lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wilhelm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Wilhelm in 1940 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wilhelm ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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