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Heller Name Meaning

German: nickname from the small medieval coin known as the häller or heller because it was first minted (in 1208) at the Swabian town of (Schwäbisch) Hall. Compare Hall. Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone from Schwäbisch Hall. German: topographic name for someone living by a field named as ‘hell’ (see Helle 3). English: topographic name for someone living on a hill, from southeastern Middle English hell + the habitational suffix -er. Dutch: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild ‘strife’ + hari, heri ‘army’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a person with fair hair or a light complexion, from an inflected form, used before a male personal name, of German hell ‘light’, ‘bright’, Yiddish hel.

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


Similar surnames: Helder, Helmer, Geller, Peller, Hiller, Helle, Zeller, Holler, Eller

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Where is the Heller family from?

You can see how Heller families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heller family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heller families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 161 Heller families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 68% of all the recorded Heller's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Heller families in 1840.
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What did your Heller ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Heller. 10% of Heller men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Heller women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heller were Clerk and Bookkeeper.

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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
    10%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Bookkeeper
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Heller. 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 36,000 military records available for the last name Heller. For the veterans among your Heller ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heller lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Heller life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Heller in 1940 was 35, and 79 in 2004.

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