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Willer Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements wil ‘will desire’ + heri ‘army’. English: variant of Weller . English: perhaps in some cases an occupational name from a shortened form of Willyer now extinct but derived from Middle English wilier ‘one who works in willow’ a derivative of Middle English wily (Old English wilige) ‘willow’ + -er ‘worker in willow’ probably a maker of baskets or hurdles.

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

Similar surnames: Hiller, Willert, Wilmer, Wilger, Wille, Walter, Waller, Giller

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Where is the Willer family from?

You can see how Willer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Willer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Willer families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 17 Willer families living in New York. This was about 40% of all the recorded Willer's in USA. New York had the highest population of Willer families in 1840.
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What did your Willer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Willer. 100% of Willer men worked as a Laborer and 100% of Willer women worked as a Housewife. .

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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

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Willer. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Willer. For the veterans among your Willer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Willer lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Willer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Willer in 1943 was 50, and 82 in 2004.

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