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Where did the English Helmick family come from? What is the English Helmick family crest and coat of arms? When did the Helmick family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Helmick family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Helmick comes from when its first bearer worked as a herdsman. The surname Helmick 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 Helmick 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.


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Helmick include Helme, Helm, Helms and others.

First found in Surrey where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Helmick research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1180 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Helmick History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Helmick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Helmick or a variant listed above:

Helmick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eli A. Helmick, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Anolda Helmick, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1907
  • S. Douglas A. D. Helmick, aged 53, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Ross J. Helmick, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Roy J. Helmick, aged 28, who emigrated to America, in 1921

Helmick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Frederick Helmick U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784


  • William Helmick (1817-1888), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1859-1861)
  • Walt Helmick (b. 1944), American politician, Member of the West Virginia Senate (1990-2012), West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture (2013-)
  • Frank Helmick (b. 1956), Lieutenant General in the United States Army, former Commanding General of the XVIII Airborne Corps
  • Major-General Charles Gardiner Helmick (1892-1991), American Commandant of Fort Meade (1945-1946)


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The Helmick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Helmick Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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