Held Family History

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Held Name Meaning

German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from Middle High German, Middle Dutch, Yiddish held ‘hero’. As a Jewish name, it is often ornamental. German: from a short form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with hild ‘strife’ as the first element. English: variant of Heald.

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

Similar surnames: Helm, Hell, Hild, Feld, Hold, Heid, Gell, Herd, Helf, Belt

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Held Family Origin

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Held Family Occupations

What did your Held ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Held. 50% of Held men worked as a Builders Labourer and 82% of Held women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Held were General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Builders Labourer
  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Shorthand Typist
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Held Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Held. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Held 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Held. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 55,000 military records available for the last name Held. For the veterans among your Held ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Held Life Expectancy

What is the average Held lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Held life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Held in 1943 was 48, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Held 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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