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The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Wilhelm. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known in Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Wilhelm family.

Wilhelm Early Origins



The surname Wilhelm was first found in northern Germany, where the name was associated in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would eventually emerge as belonging to a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Its use as a Surname must be traced back to its immense popularity as a first name early in the Middle Ages. Indeed, one chronicle mentions a knight's feast in Bayeux around 1171 A.D. in which alone 117 Wilhelms were listed as taking part.

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Wilhelm Spelling Variations


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Wilhelm Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Wilhelm include Wilhelm, Wilhem, Wilhelmi (Latinized), Wilhelmy, Wilhelmus (Latinized), Wilhelms, Wilhelmsen (Holstein), Wilhalm ( Bavaria, Austria), Wilms (Friesland) and many more.

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Wilhelm Early History


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Wilhelm Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilhelm research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1709, 1845, 1812 and 1864 are included under the topic Early Wilhelm History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wilhelm Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wilhelm Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilhelm Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North Ameri ca. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Wilhelm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Wilhelm, who emigrated to America in 1709
  • Jan Wilhelm, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Johan Wilhelm, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Paul Wilhelm, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710-1714
  • Johannes Wilhelm arrived in Philadelphia in 1728
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wilhelm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elias Wilhelm, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Gottlieb Wilhelm, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Johanna Wilhelm, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Christian Frederick Wilhelm, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • R. Wilhelm came to Texas in 1836
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilhelm (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilhelm (post 1700)



  • James Hoyt Wilhelm (1922-2002), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Kate Wilhelm (b. 1928), née Katie Gertrude Meredith, American science fiction, mystery, and fantasy writer
  • Ross Wilhelm (b. 1920), American business economist and educator
  • Katarina "Kati" Wilhelm (b. 1976), German eight-time gold, seven-time silver and five-time bronze medalist Olympic and World Championship biathlete
  • Richard Wilhelm (1873-1930), early German sinologist
  • Donald Wilhelm (b. 1919), Australian pathologist and educator

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Suggested Readings for the name Wilhelm


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Suggested Readings for the name Wilhelm



  • Genealogy and Family Histories of the Lighter and Wilhelm Families by Edward H. Lighter.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
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    The Wilhelm Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilhelm 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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