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Family name origins & meanings

  • English : variant of Hill, from southeastern Middle English hell ‘hill’, a dialect form characteristic of Kent and Sussex.
  • English : from a personal name, Helle, which may have been a variant of Elie (a Middle English form of Elias), or perhaps a short form of a personal name formed with Hild- as the first element (see Hilliard for example), or perhaps from the female personal name Helen.
  • German : nickname from Middle High German hell ‘bright’, ‘shining’.
  • German : variant of Helle 3.

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