Zeller Family History

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Zeller Name Meaning

German and Dutch: habitational name from any of the various places called Zelle or Celle, in particular Celle near Hannover, named with German Zelle ‘cell’, Middle High German zelle (from Latin cella ‘small room’), or a topographic name from this word, denoting someone who lived near the site of a hermit’s cell. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): In other cases it was an occupational name for someone who owned or was employed at a Zelle in the sense of a small workshop.

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

Similar surnames: Heller, Eller, Zelle, Geller, Feller, Weller, Beller, Seller, Peller

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Zeller Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Zeller name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Zeller. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Zeller Family Origin

Where is the Zeller family from?

Zeller Family Occupations

What did your Zeller ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Zeller. The most common Zeller occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Zeller's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Zeller family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Zeller ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Zeller Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 44,000 census records available for the last name Zeller. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zeller census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Zeller. 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 Card

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Zeller. For the veterans among your Zeller ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Zeller Life Expectancy

What is the average Zeller lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Zeller life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Zeller in 1941 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Zeller ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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