Last name origins & meanings:
- English (chiefly Lancashire): topographic name for someone who
lived by or worked at a rough temporary shelter for animals, Middle
English helm (Old Norse hjalmr, related to the Old
English and Old High German words in 2 below), or a habitational name
from a minor place named Helm or Helme from this word, as for example
in County Durham, Northumberland, and West Yorkshire.
German, and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a maker of helmets,
from Middle English, Middle High German, Middle Dutch helm.
- German and Dutch: from a medieval personal name, a short
form of any of the various compound names formed with helm
‘helmet’. Compare, e.g., Helmbrecht.
- Scottish: habitational
name from Helme in Roxburghshire (Borders).
(Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Helm ‘helmet’.
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