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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Helm
See Haulm, straw.
noun Helm
  1. [Naut] The apparatus by which a ship is steered, comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; -- commonly used of the tiller or wheel alone.
  2. The place or office of direction or administration."The helmof the Commonwealth." [Melmoth.]
  3. One at the place of direction or control; a steersman; hence, a guide; a director."The helms o' the State, who care for you like fathers." [Shak.]
  4. Etymology: Cf. Helve

    A helve.(Obs. or Prov. Eng)

Etymology: OE. helme, AS. helma rudder; akin to D. & G. helm, Icel. hjālm, and perh. to E. helve

verb Helm
To steer; to guide; to direct.
noun Helm
  1. A helmet.(Poetic)
  2. A heavy cloud lying on the brow of a mountain.(Prov. Eng)

Etymology: AS. See Helmet

verb Helm
To cover or furnish with a helm or helmet.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (figurative) a position of leadership ("the President is at the helm of the Ship of State")
  2. Steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered
  3. Be at or take the helm of ("helm the ship")

From Old English helma, from Proto-Germanic *helmô (“handle”).

  1. (nautical) The steering apparatus of a ship, especially the tiller or wheel.
  2. (maritime) The member of the crew in charge of steering the boat.
  3. (figuratively) A position of leadership or control.
    the of the Commonwealth
  4. One at the place of direction or control; a guide; a director.
  5. (heraldry) A helmet.
  6. (obsolete, Britain, dialect) A helve.

From Middle English, from Old English helm, Proto-Germanic *helmaz (“protective covering”), probably from Proto-Indo-European *kelmo-s (“to cover, to hide”); compare *ḱel- (“to hide, protect”). Compare West Frisian helm, Dutch helm, Low German Helm, German Helm, Danish hjelm.

  1. (rare, poetic) A helmet.
    (They drew their swords and put on their .)
  2. A heavy cloud lying on the brow of a mountain.

    helm was also found in the following language(s): Albanian, Dutch, Indonesian, Old English, and Old High German

    Notable Persons Named Helm

    Helm Glöckler is a formula one racer.


    Helm was born on December 31st, 1891. He breathed his last breath on December 7th, 1974.


    Helm Roos is a cape town rifles.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Helm

    Levon Helm was a rock and roll, rhythm and blues, rock, blues, country, folk, roots rock, roll, rhythm, country music, and folk music musician. He plays Vocals, drums, percussions, mandolin, guitar, bass, harmonica, banjo, and violin. His most notable accomplishments were from 1957 to 2012. Levon was given the name Mark Lavon Helm on May 26th, 1940 in Elaine, Arkansas, United States. He passed away on April 19th, 2012.


    Nick was born Nick Helm in St Albans, England.


    Brigitte Helm was an actress and actor. She was most active from 1927 to 1927. Brigitte was given the name Brigitte Eva Gisela Schittenhelm on March 17th, 1906 in Berlin. She left this life on June 11th, 1996.


    Anne Helm is an actress. Her career lasted from 1956 to 1986. Anne was born on September 12th, 1938 in Toronto. Anne is also known as Annie Helm.


    Darren Helm is a hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League. His ongoing career started in 2007. Darren was born on January 21st, 1987 in Winnipeg.


    Amy Helm is a folk rock, folk, rock, blues, country, americana, folk music, country music, and americana (music) musician. She plays mandolin, vocals, bass, drums, and Drum kit. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to present. Amy was born Amy Helm on December 3rd, 1970.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Helm U.S.
      White 86.39% 64.26%
      African American 7.58% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.86% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.63% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.42% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.12% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Helm

    People with the last name Helm are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Helm

    • How Popular is the name Helm? As a last name Helm was the 3,087th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Helm first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Helm is Thursday, January 31st, 1878.
    • How unique is the name Helm? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Helm. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Helm: Your name in reverse order is Mleh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Helm. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Helm? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,649 people with the last name Helm.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Helm? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Helm as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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