Helmus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Helmus name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a herdsman. The surname Helmus 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 Helmus 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 Helmus family

The surname Helmus 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 Helmus family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Helmus research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1180 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Helmus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Helmus Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Helmus has undergone many spelling variations, including Helme, Helm, Helms and others.

Early Notables of the Helmus family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Helmus family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Helmus were among those contributors: Peter Helm, his wife, and six sons and one daughter who arrived in 1709 in New England; Daniel Helm arrived in New England in 1768.


Contemporary Notables of the name Helmus (post 1700) +

  • Albert Helmus, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Allegan County, 1952


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