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Heller Name Meaning

German: nickname from the small medieval coin known as the häller or heller because it was first minted (in 1208) at the Swabian town of (Schwäbisch) Hall. Compare Hall. Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone from Schwäbisch Hall. German: topographic name for someone living by a field named as ‘hell’ (see Helle 3). English: topographic name for someone living on a hill, from southeastern Middle English hell + the habitational suffix -er. Dutch: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild ‘strife’ + hari, heri ‘army’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a person with fair hair or a light complexion, from an inflected form, used before a male personal name, of German hell ‘light’, ‘bright’, Yiddish hel.

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

Similar surnames: Helder, Helmer, Geller, Peller, Hiller, Helle, Zeller, Holler, Eller

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Heller Family Origin

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Heller Family Occupations

What did your Heller ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Heller occupation in the UK was Leather Seller. 6% of Heller's were Leather Sellers. Leather Seller, Mariner and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Heller. A less common occupation for the Heller family was Agricultural Labourer.

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  • Leather Seller

  • Mariner

  • Tailor

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Heller Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 132,000 census records available for the last name Heller. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heller 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 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Heller. 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 36,000 military records available for the last name Heller. For the veterans among your Heller ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Heller Life Expectancy

What is the average Heller lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Heller life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Heller in 1940 was 35, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Heller

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Heller 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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