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Type Surname (from given name, from occupation & from location)
Other Forms FormsHelms (English, Dutch), Helmm (German)

Meaning & History

from Old English helm "protection covering" (in later northern English dialects "cattle shelter barn"). The name may be topographic for someone who lived by or worked at a barn or habitational from a place so named such as Helme in Meltham (Yorkshire). metonymic occupational name for a maker of helmets from Middle High German Middle Dutch helm. Or from a medieval personal name Helm a short form of any of various compound names formed with helm "helmet".
Added 5/5/2024 by Paradiso36