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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Held name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Held. 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


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Held Family Origin

Where is the Held family from?

Held Family Occupations

What did your Held ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Held occupation in the UK was Householder. 10% of Held's were Householders. A less common occupation for the Held family was Labourer. Householder, Import Mercht Agent and Iron Roller (Station) were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Held.

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  • Householder

  • Import Mercht Agent

  • Iron Roller (Station)

  • Labourer


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

Held Historical Records

What Held family records will you find?

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Held

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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