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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 Wilhelmi. 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 Wilhelmi family.

Wilhelmi Early Origins



The surname Wilhelmi 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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Wilhelmi Spelling Variations


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Wilhelmi Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Wilhelmi include Wilhelm, Wilhem, Wilhelmi (Latinized), Wilhelmy, Wilhelmus (Latinized), Wilhelms, Wilhelmsen (Holstein), Wilhalm ( Bavaria, Austria), Wilms (Friesland) and many more.

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Wilhelmi Early History


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Wilhelmi Early History



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

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Wilhelmi Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wilhelmi Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilhelmi 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



The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Wilhelmis to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Wilhelmi Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joh Jost Wilhelmi, who landed in America in 1709-1711
  • Valentin Wilhelmi, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Jacob Wilhelmi, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Johan Georg Wilhelmi, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754

Wilhelmi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Wilhelmi, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Johannes Wilhelmi, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Wolrad Wilhelmi, who landed in Valparaiso, Chile in 1850
  • Elisabeth Wilhelmi, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Friedrich Wilhelmi, who landed in New York, NY in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wilhelmi Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Corsten Deidrich Wilhelmi, aged 29, a farmer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Marguerita Wilhelmi, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilhelmi (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilhelmi (post 1700)



  • Arthur Wilhelmi, American politician, Democratic member of the Illinois Senate
  • Johann Freiderich Carl Wilhelmi (1829-1884), German-born seedsman who made large collections of botanical specimens in southern Australia
  • Roman Wilhelmi (1936-1991), Polish theatre and film actor

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    2. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    8. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    11. ...

    The Wilhelmi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilhelmi 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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