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Held Name Meaning

German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from Middle High German, Middle Dutch, Yiddish held ‘hero’. As a Jewish name, it is often ornamental. German: from a short form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with hild ‘strife’ as the first element. English: variant of Heald.

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


Similar surnames: Helm, Hell, Hild, Feld, Hold, Heid, Gell, Herd, Helf, Belt

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Where is the Held family from?

You can see how Held families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Held family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Held families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Held families living in Ohio. This was about 38% of all the recorded Held's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Held families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Held surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Held ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Held. 12% of Held men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Held women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Held were Proprietor and Teacher.

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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

  • Farmer
    12%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Proprietor
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Held. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Held 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Held. 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 55,000 military records available for the last name Held. For the veterans among your Held ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Held lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Held life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Held in 1943 was 48, and 78 in 2004.

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