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Multiple Origins for the Surname Heller



The history of the Heller family name begins in the German province of Bavaria. Heller is a nickname surname, a class of German names derived from eke-names, or added names, that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute. Heller is a name for a person who lived in the Swabian town of Hall. Residents were so named because of the small medieval coin referred to as a heller which was first minted in the town in 1208.

Heller Early Origins



The surname Heller was first found in Bavaria, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this kingdom from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. In the Middle Ages, the word "heller" referred to the coins that had been produced in Schwaebisch-Hall since the year 1208. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Herr Volkhart der Heller (1278) of Freiburg, Rudolph der Heller (b.1302,) a farmer in Zuerich, and Johann Heller (1378) of Goerlingen.

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Heller Spelling Variations


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Heller Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Heller include Heller, Hellern, Heler, Hellers, Hellerer, Helere, Hellere and many more.

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Heller Early History


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Heller Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heller research. Another 357 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1728, 1756 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Heller History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heller Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heller Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Heller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Heller surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Heller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Atam Heller, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Wolff Heller, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Rudolph Heller, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1728
  • Christopher Heller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johann Christopher Heller, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Heller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Heinr Heller, who landed in America in 1818
  • Peter Heller, who landed in North America in 1837
  • August Heller, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1839
  • Augustus Heller, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1839
  • George Phillip Heller, aged 29, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Heller Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ms. Elizabeth Heller U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Heller (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Heller (post 1700)



  • Gerald E. "Jerry" Heller (1940-2016), American music manager and businessman
  • Edmund Heller (1875-1939), American zoologist, President of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (1935-1936) and (1937-1938)
  • Dean Arthur Heller (b. 1960), American politician, United States Senator from Nevada (2011-)
  • Amos Arthur Heller (1867-1944), American botanist
  • Dean Heller (b. 1960), American Republican politician, Member of Nevada State House of Representatives, 1990-94; Secretary of State of Nevada, 1995-2007
  • David N. Heller, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chemung County, 1899; Mayor of Elmira, New York, 1926-29; Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 6th District, 1929
  • Clifton W. Heller, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Shiawassee District, 1961
  • Clarence E. Heller, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956 (alternate), 1964
  • Cecelia M. Heller, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960, 1964; Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1964
  • Alfred E. Heller, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Heller Historic Events


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Heller Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Abram Heller (1872-1914), Belgian Third Class Passenger from Antwerp, Belgium who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

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Suggested Readings for the name Heller


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Suggested Readings for the name Heller



  • The History of Louis Heller of Dunn County, Wisconsin, and His Descendants by James L. Heller.

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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  5. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
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The Heller Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heller Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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