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Zeller Name Meaning

German and Dutch: habitational name for someone from any of various places called Zelle or Celle (in particular Celle near Hanover) or named with German or Dutch Zelle ‘cell’ (for instance Appenzell Switzerland) all derived ultimately from Latin cella ‘cell small room’; or a topographic name from this word denoting someone who lived near the site of a hermit's cell. This surname is also found in France (mainly Alsace Lorraine and Nord). German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from German Zelle ‘small workshop’ + the agent suffix -er for someone who owned or was employed at a Zelle. Among Jews it may also have been an adoption of the German surname. Americanized form of Slovenian Zalar 1 or Compare Zellar

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


Similar surnames: Heller, Eller, Zelle, Geller, Feller, Weller, Beller, Seller, Peller

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You can see how Zeller families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zeller family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Zeller families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 36 Zeller families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Zeller's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Zeller families in 1911.
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What did your Zeller ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Zeller. 65% of Zeller 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
    65%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Polisher
    12%
  • Retired
    12%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Zeller. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Zeller. For the veterans among your Zeller ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Zeller lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Zeller life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Zeller in 1941 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

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