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Hell Name Meaning

English: variant of Hill, from southeastern Middle English hell ‘hill’, a dialect form characteristic of Kent and Sussex. English: from a personal name, Helle, which may have been a variant of Elie (a Middle English form of Elias), or perhaps a short form of a personal name formed with Hild- as the first element (see Hilliard for example), or perhaps from the female personal name Helen. German: nickname from Middle High German hell ‘bright’, ‘shining’. German: variant of Helle 3.

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


Similar surnames: Pell, Hill, Helm, Bell, Held, Nell, Ell, Well, Hall, Hehl

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Where is the Hell family from?

You can see how Hell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hell families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 10 Hell families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 43% of all the recorded Hell's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hell families in 1840.
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What did your Hell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hell. 22% of Hell men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Hell women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hell were Farm Laborer and Seamstress.

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Farm Laborer
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Seamstress
    6%
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Census Records

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Hell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hell 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 Hell. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Hell. For the veterans among your Hell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hell lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Hell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1998, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Hell in 1962 was 53, and 73 in 2004.

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