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Teller Name Meaning

German: variant of Tell 2 and 3 a topographic name. German: metonymic occupational name from Middle High German Middle Low German teller ‘plate’. North German: nickname from Middle Low German teller ‘progenitor father’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Teller Yiddish teler ‘plate’ either a metonymic occupational name for a dish maker or a nickname. Dutch: occupational name from teller a marketplace official. English (Middlesex): occupational name from Anglo-Norman French tel(i)er Middle English tel(l)er teller ‘weaver (of linen cloth)’ or alternatively perhaps from Middle English teller(e) ‘messenger; accountant’.7: Native American (Navajo): from English teller probably used as a translation of a Navajo term for a storyteller halni'. The same surname in English is also found among Pueblos where it can possibly have different meaning (see Cajero ).8: Catalan: from a derivative of Tell

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

Similar surnames: Keller, Seller, Weller, Heller, Geller, Feller, Peller, Meller, Eller

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Where is the Teller family from?

You can see how Teller families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Teller family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Teller families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 52 Teller families living in New York. This was about 69% of all the recorded Teller's in USA. New York had the highest population of Teller families in 1840.
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What did your Teller ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Teller. 15% of Teller men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Teller women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Teller were Clerk and Secretary. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Secretary
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Teller. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Teller. For the veterans among your Teller ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Teller lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Teller life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Teller in 1949 was 48, and 84 in 2004.

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