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Hellem Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads so named from Old Norse from Old Norse hella ‘flat stone’, ‘flagstone’, ‘flat mountain’ or hellir ‘cave’ + the element -em, which may come from Old Norse heimr ‘farmstead’.

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

Similar surnames: Helle, Mellem, Hille, Hjelle, Helm, Heller, Hulley, Shelley, Sellen

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Where is the Hellem family from?

You can see how Hellem families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hellem family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hellem families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 2 Hellem families living in Manitoba. This was about 67% of all the recorded Hellem's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Hellem families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hellem surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hellem ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hellem. 34% of Hellem men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Hellem women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hellem were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Longshoreman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Waitress
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Hellem. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hellem census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 290 immigration records available for the last name Hellem. 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 271 military records available for the last name Hellem. For the veterans among your Hellem ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hellem lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2003, in the United States, Hellem life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Hellem in 1946 was 40, and 84 in 2003.

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