The name Helmich is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a herdsman. The surname Helmich is derived from the Old English word helm, which means a covering. In some later dialects, this word took on the which means of a roofed shelter for cattle.Occupational names such as Helmich frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.
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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Helmich include Helme, Helm, Helms and others.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Helmich were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Helmich Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Annie Helmich, aged 49, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Havel" from Bremen, Germany
Louise Helmich, arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Aller" from Bremen, Germany
Helmich Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Elisabeth Helmich, aged 19, originally from Greven, arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse" from Bremen, Germany
Miloslava Helmich, aged 36, originally from Filson, Czechoslovakia, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Southampton, England