Helm Family History

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Helm Name Meaning

English (chiefly Lancashire): topographic name for someone who lived by or worked at a rough temporary shelter for animals, Middle English helm (Old Norse hjalmr, related to the Old English and Old High German words in 2 below), or a habitational name from a minor place named Helm or Helme from this word, as for example in County Durham, Northumberland, and West Yorkshire. English, German, and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a maker of helmets, from Middle English, Middle High German, Middle Dutch helm. German and Dutch: from a medieval personal name, a short form of any of the various compound names formed with helm ‘helmet’. Compare, e.g., Helmbrecht. Scottish: habitational name from Helme in Roxburghshire (Borders). Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Helm ‘helmet’.

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

Similar surnames: Holm, Hell, Held, Heim, Elm, Palm, Hamm, Kelm, Belt, Hole

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Helm Family Origin

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Helm Family Occupations

What did your Helm ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Helm. 3% of Helm men worked as a General Labourer and 48% of Helm women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Helm were Dock Labourer and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Retired
  • Dock Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Incapacitated
  • Unpaid Domestic

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Helm Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 100,000 census records available for the last name Helm. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Helm 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Helm. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 28,000 military records available for the last name Helm. For the veterans among your Helm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Helm Life Expectancy

What is the average Helm lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Helm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Helm in 1942 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

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