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A family name among the Mennonites of Prussian background, Willms (Willems, Willm, Willmsen, Wilms, Willemsen, Wilhelm) is derived from the Dutch Christian name Willem (William). It is found in the [[Church Records|church records]] of Danzig (1690), [[Tiegenhagen (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Tiegenhagen]], [[Ladekopp (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Ladekopp]], [[Rosenort Mennonite Church (Rosenort, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Rosenort]], [[Fürstenwerder (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Fürstenwerder]], [[Heubuden (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Heubuden]], [[Elbing (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland)|Elbing]], [[Montau (Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Montau-Gruppe]], [[Schönsee (Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Schönsee]], [[Tragheimerweide (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Tragheimerweide]], and [[Deutsch-Kazun (Poland)|Kazun]]. From [[Danzig (Poland)|Danzig]] and [[Prussia|Prussia]] the name spread to [[Russia|Russia]] and North and [[South America|South America]]. The name is also found in the [[Netherlands|Netherlands]] but is not common among Mennonites there. In 1723 Albert Willems from Holland, with [[Derks, Alle (1670-1733) |Alle Derks]], visited the Prussian Mennonites. Among the Mennonites in Russia bearing the name were Peter Willms of [[Halbstadt (Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Halbstadt]], [[Molotschna Mennonite Settlement (Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Molotschna]], the owner of a starch factory, and Heinrich Willms of Halbstad, Molotschna, the owner of three large flour mills with an annual turnover of $500,000. H. J. Willms was in the administration of [[Concordia Hospital (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)|Concordia Hospital]], Winnipeg.
 
A family name among the Mennonites of Prussian background, Willms (Willems, Willm, Willmsen, Wilms, Willemsen, Wilhelm) is derived from the Dutch Christian name Willem (William). It is found in the [[Church Records|church records]] of Danzig (1690), [[Tiegenhagen (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Tiegenhagen]], [[Ladekopp (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Ladekopp]], [[Rosenort Mennonite Church (Rosenort, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Rosenort]], [[Fürstenwerder (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Fürstenwerder]], [[Heubuden (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Heubuden]], [[Elbing (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland)|Elbing]], [[Montau (Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Montau-Gruppe]], [[Schönsee (Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Schönsee]], [[Tragheimerweide (Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)|Tragheimerweide]], and [[Deutsch-Kazun (Poland)|Kazun]]. From [[Danzig (Poland)|Danzig]] and [[Prussia|Prussia]] the name spread to [[Russia|Russia]] and North and [[South America|South America]]. The name is also found in the [[Netherlands|Netherlands]] but is not common among Mennonites there. In 1723 Albert Willems from Holland, with [[Derks, Alle (1670-1733) |Alle Derks]], visited the Prussian Mennonites. Among the Mennonites in Russia bearing the name were Peter Willms of [[Halbstadt (Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Halbstadt]], [[Molotschna Mennonite Settlement (Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Molotschna]], the owner of a starch factory, and Heinrich Willms of Halbstad, Molotschna, the owner of three large flour mills with an annual turnover of $500,000. H. J. Willms was in the administration of [[Concordia Hospital (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)|Concordia Hospital]], Winnipeg.
 
 
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
 
Reimer, Gustav E. <em>Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten</em>. Weierhof, 1940: 120.
 
Reimer, Gustav E. <em>Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten</em>. Weierhof, 1940: 120.
  
 
Schröder, H. H. <em>Russlanddeutsche Friesen</em>. Döllstadt, 1936: 99.
 
Schröder, H. H. <em>Russlanddeutsche Friesen</em>. Döllstadt, 1936: 99.
 
 
 
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A family name among the Mennonites of Prussian background, Willms (Willems, Willm, Willmsen, Wilms, Willemsen, Wilhelm) is derived from the Dutch Christian name Willem (William). It is found in the church records of Danzig (1690), Tiegenhagen, Ladekopp, Rosenort, Fürstenwerder, Heubuden, Elbing, Montau-Gruppe, Schönsee, Tragheimerweide, and Kazun. From Danzig and Prussia the name spread to Russia and North and South America. The name is also found in the Netherlands but is not common among Mennonites there. In 1723 Albert Willems from Holland, with Alle Derks, visited the Prussian Mennonites. Among the Mennonites in Russia bearing the name were Peter Willms of Halbstadt, Molotschna, the owner of a starch factory, and Heinrich Willms of Halbstad, Molotschna, the owner of three large flour mills with an annual turnover of $500,000. H. J. Willms was in the administration of Concordia Hospital, Winnipeg.

Bibliography

Reimer, Gustav E. Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof, 1940: 120.

Schröder, H. H. Russlanddeutsche Friesen. Döllstadt, 1936: 99.


Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1959


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Krahn, Cornelius. "Willms family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 1 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Willms_family&oldid=78843.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1959). Willms family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Willms_family&oldid=78843.




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