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Geller Name Meaning

North German: habitational name from the North German town of Geldern or from the Dutch province of Gelderland, earlier Geler and Gelre. Both places get their names from what may be an ancient element descriptive of marshland. German: occupational name for a town crier, Middle High German gellære (from gellen ‘to shout or yell’). Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a man with red hair, from the strong form of Yiddish gel ‘red-headed’ (Middle High German gel ‘yellow’). There has been considerable confusion with German gelb ‘yellow’, since the meaning change from ‘yellow’ to ‘red’ took place only in Yiddish and only with reference to people’s complexion or hair coloring. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): variant of Heller 3, originating under Russian influence, since Russian has no h and alters h in borrowed words to g. German: variant of Gehler. Hungarian: variant of Gellért (see Gellert).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Giller, Heller, Feller, Eller, Weller, Galler, Beller, Zeller, Meller

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You can see how Geller families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Geller family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Geller families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Geller families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Geller's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Geller families in 1840.
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What did your Geller ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Geller. 15% of Geller men worked as a Salesman and 11% of Geller women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Geller were Proprietor and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Salesman
    15%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Proprietor
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Geller. For the veterans among your Geller ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Geller lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Geller life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Geller in 1944 was 43, and 80 in 2004.

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