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Helle Name Meaning

Norwegian and Swedish: from Old Norse hella ‘flat stone’, ‘flagstone’, ‘flat mountain’ or hellir ‘cave’. As a Nowegian name this is generally a habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads so named. As a Swedish name, it is generally ornamental. English: variant spelling of Hell 1. German: topographic name from Middle High German helle ‘hell’ (modern German Hölle), used (often in field names) in a topographic sense to denote a hollow or a wild, precipitous place.

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


Similar surnames: Heller, Hellem, Hell, Hille, Holle, Selle, Belle, Halle, Zelle

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Where is the Helle family from?

You can see how Helle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Helle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Helle families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Helle family living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Helle's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Helle families in 1840.
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What did your Helle ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Helle. 38% of Helle men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Helle women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Helle were Carpenter 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

  • Farmer
    38%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Proprietor
    7%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    15%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Helle. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Helle. For the veterans among your Helle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Helle lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Helle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Helle in 1944 was 24, and 74 in 2004.

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