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Weller Name Meaning

English (Surrey Sussex and Kent): topographic name for someone who lived by a spring stream or man-made well from Middle English weller willer an agent derivative of Middle English welle (in southern England) and wille (in south western England) from Old English wella well(e) wiella wielle willa wyll(a) wylle. This type of name a topographic term + -er is particularly typical of Sussex and its neigbouring counties. English: occupational name for someone who casts metal or who boils salt from Middle English weller willer a derivative with -er of Old English wellan wiellan ‘to boil’. Compare 5 below. North German: variant of Welle cognate with 1 above. German: from an agent derivative of Middle High German wëllen ‘to roll revolve or smear’ hence an occupational name for example for someone who made wattle and daub walls. See Welle German: from Middle High German wëllen ‘to cause to boil or simmer’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a smelter cook or the like. German: from Middle High German wëlle ‘roll bale’ hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who sold cloth or wool for example.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Waller, Seller, Feller, Peller, Geller, Woller, Keller, Beller

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Where is the Weller family from?

You can see how Weller families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Weller family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Weller families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 96 Weller families living in New York. This was about 30% of all the recorded Weller's in USA. New York had the highest population of Weller families in 1840.
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What did your Weller ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Weller. 15% of Weller men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Weller women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Weller were Truck Driver 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Weller. 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 26,000 military records available for the last name Weller. For the veterans among your Weller ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Weller lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Weller life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Weller in 1951 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

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