Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
- 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
- Dutch: from a Germanic personal name composed
of the elements hild ‘strife’ + hari, heri
- 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
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