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Heil Name Meaning

German: from a pet form of Heinrich. Dutch and North German: from a short form of the Germanic female personal name Heila, derived from hail ‘whole’.

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


Similar surnames: Hell, Peil, Hehl, Hein, Heit, Heis, Reil, Seil, Heyl, Ell

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Where is the Heil family from?

You can see how Heil families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heil family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heil families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 10 Heil families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 63% of all the recorded Heil's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Heil families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Heil surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Heil ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Heil. 14% of Heil men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Heil women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heil were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
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Census Records

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Heil. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heil census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Heil. 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 Cards

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Heil. For the veterans among your Heil ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heil lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Heil life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Heil in 1943 was 22, and 74 in 2004.

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