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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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Geller Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Geller. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Geller Family Origin

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Geller Family Occupations

What did your Geller ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Geller occupation in the USA was Farmer. 16% of Geller's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Geller. A less common occupation for the Geller family was Keeps House.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Keeps House


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Geller Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Geller. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Geller census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Geller. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Geller Life Expectancy

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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