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Helms History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, German


Helms is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a herdsman. The surname Helms 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 Helms 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.

Early Origins of the Helms family


The surname Helms was 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.

Early History of the Helms family


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Helms Spelling Variations


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 Helms include Helme, Helm, Helms and others.

Early Notables of the Helms family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Helms family to the New World and Oceana


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 Helms were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Helms Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jan Helms, who landed in New York, NY in 1642 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Hans Helms, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1642 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Johan Helms, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1642 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Helms Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Emus Helms, who landed in New York in 1746 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Andrew Helms, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1763 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Peter Helms, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1766 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Helms Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Helms, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Margaretha Helms, aged 24, who arrived in New York, NY in 1893 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Helms Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Marshall Helms, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Allianca" from Cristobal, C. Z. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J673-QYW : 6 December 2014), Marshall Helms, 12 Apr 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, C. Z., arrival port New York, ship name Allianca, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Florence M. Helms, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Allianca" from Cristobal, C. Z. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J673-QY4 : 6 December 2014), Florence M. Helms, 12 Apr 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, C. Z., arrival port New York, ship name Allianca, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Guy F. Helms, aged 39, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Patria" from Marseilles, France [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J671-H3T : 6 December 2014), Guy F. Helms, 23 Jun 1919; citing departure port Marseilles, arrival port New York, ship name Patria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Chr. Hermann Helms, aged 52, originally from Bremen, Germany, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6D1-3ZW : 6 December 2014), Chr. Hermann Helms, 30 May 1920; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Lotte Helms, aged 9, originally from Bremerhafen, Germany, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Nieuw Amsterdam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J662-JPT : 6 December 2014), Lotte Helms, 04 Aug 1920; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Nieuw Amsterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Helms Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Helms, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Preston" from Sligo, Ireland

Contemporary Notables of the name Helms (post 1700)


  • William Helms (d. 1813), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey's at-large congressional district (1801-1811)
  • Wesley Ray "Wes" Helms (b. 1976), American former professional baseball third baseman, first baseman, and outfielder, nephew of Tommy Helms
  • Tommy Vann Helms (b. 1941), American former Major League Baseball player and manager
  • Paul Hoy Helms (1889-1957), American businessman who He founded Helms Bakery in 1931 and co-founded Helms Athletic Foundation in 1936
  • Mike Helms (b. 1982), American former professional basketball player
  • Jonee Lynn Helms (1925-2011), US Marine Corps officer, United States Federal Aviation Administrator (1981-1984), President of Piper Aircraft Corp
  • John Newton "Johnny" Helms (1935-2015), American jazz trumpet player, bandleader, and music educator
  • John Henry Helms (1874-1919), United States Marine, recipient of the Medal of Honor for saving a shipmate from drowning
  • Hermann Helms (1870-1963), American chess player, writer, and promoter, inducted into the United States Chess Hall of Fame
  • Jesse Lee Helms Sr. (1909-1982), American businessman and politician, 31st Mayor of Greenville, South Carolina (1979-1982)
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Helms family



Bismarck

  • Friedrich Helms (1914-1982), German Bootsmannsmaat serving aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he survived the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details

Suggested Readings for the name Helms


  • Chronicles of a Virginia Family: the Klomans of Warrenton by Erasmum Helm Kloman.
  • Helms Descendants 1720-1991 by Gerald C. Helms.

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J673-QYW : 6 December 2014), Marshall Helms, 12 Apr 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, C. Z., arrival port New York, ship name Allianca, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J673-QY4 : 6 December 2014), Florence M. Helms, 12 Apr 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, C. Z., arrival port New York, ship name Allianca, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J671-H3T : 6 December 2014), Guy F. Helms, 23 Jun 1919; citing departure port Marseilles, arrival port New York, ship name Patria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6D1-3ZW : 6 December 2014), Chr. Hermann Helms, 30 May 1920; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J662-JPT : 6 December 2014), Lotte Helms, 04 Aug 1920; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Nieuw Amsterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details

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