Heller Family History
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