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Wilmes Family History

Wilmes Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Wilhelm.

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


Similar surnames: Wilms, Willmes, Wilkes, Hilmer, Wilm, Nilges, Wilmer, Illes, Gilkes

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Where is the Wilmes family from?

You can see how Wilmes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wilmes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Wilmes families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 29 Wilmes families living in Missouri. This was about 25% of all the recorded Wilmes's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Wilmes families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wilmes surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wilmes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wilmes. 22% of Wilmes men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Wilmes women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wilmes were Clerk and Maid.

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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
    16%
  • Labor
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Clerk
    17%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Maid
    10%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Wilmes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wilmes 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 821 immigration records available for the last name Wilmes. 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 939 military records available for the last name Wilmes. For the veterans among your Wilmes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wilmes lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Wilmes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Wilmes in 1955 was 36, and 70 in 2004.

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