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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 Wilhelms. 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 Wilhelms family.

Wilhelms Early Origins



The surname Wilhelms 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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Wilhelms Spelling Variations


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Wilhelms 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 Wilhelms include Wilhelm, Wilhem, Wilhelmi (Latinized), Wilhelmy, Wilhelmus (Latinized), Wilhelms, Wilhelmsen (Holstein), Wilhalm ( Bavaria, Austria), Wilms (Friesland) and many more.

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Wilhelms Early History


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Wilhelms Early History



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

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Wilhelms Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wilhelms Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilhelms 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 Wilhelmss to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Wilhelms Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Cath Anna Wilhelms, who landed in America in 1795

Wilhelms Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Amalia Wilhelms, who arrived in New York in 1850
  • George Wilhelms, who arrived in New Jersey in 1854
  • Johanna Wilhelms, aged 59, landed in New York in 1862

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilhelms (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilhelms (post 1700)



  • Don Edward Wilhelms (b. 1930), American former United States Geological Survey geologist, known for his work on geologic training of the Apollo astronauts, recipient of the G. K. Gilbert Award in 1988 and the Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award in 2010
  • Thorsten Wilhelms (b. 1969), former German cyclist who won the Tour of Qatar (2002)
  • Jenny Wilhelms (b. 1974), Finnish musician
  • Einar Wilhelms (1895-1978), Norwegian football player

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Wilhelms Historic Events


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Wilhelms Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Charles Wilhelms, aged 32, English Second Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 9

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    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    3. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    7. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
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    The Wilhelms Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilhelms 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 March 2016 at 17:27.

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