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Helle Surname Meaning

German: topographic name from Middle High German helle ‘hell’ used (often in field names) in a topographic sense to denote a hollow or a wild precipitous place. Norwegian: habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads so named from Old Norse hella ‘flat stone flagstone flat mountain’ or hellir ‘cave’. Finnish: ornamental name from helle ‘hot weather’ adopted during the name-changing campaigns of the early 20th century mostly to replace Swedish surnames beginning with Hell- or Häll- such as Hellgren and Hellström (see Hellstrom ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Heller, Hellem, Hell, Hille, Holle, Selle, Belle, Halle, Zelle

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Where is the Helle family from?

You can see how Helle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Helle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Helle families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 14 Helle families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 31% of all the recorded Helle's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Helle families in 1911.
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What did your Helle ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Helle. 67% of Helle men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Journalier
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Helle. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Helle. For the veterans among your Helle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Helle lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Helle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Helle in 1944 was 24, and 74 in 2004.

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