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Helf Name Meaning

South German: metonymic occupational name for an assistant of some kind, or nickname for a helpful person, from an agent noun based on Middle High German helf ‘help’.

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


Similar surnames: Helm, Held, Hell, Halm, Haaf, Kell, Belt, Zepf, Hall, Gell

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Where is the Helf family from?

You can see how Helf families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Helf family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Helf families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Helf family living in Massachusetts. This was 100% of all the recorded Helf's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Helf families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Helf surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Helf ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Helf. 29% of Helf men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Helf women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Helf were Foreman and Saleslady.

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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
    29%
  • Salesman
    16%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Foreman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
    34%
  • Waitress
    23%
  • Housekeeper
    23%
  • Saleslady
    23%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Helf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Helf 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 434 immigration records available for the last name Helf. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Helf. For the veterans among your Helf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Helf lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Helf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Helf in 1948 was 50, and 83 in 2004.

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