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Updated June 9, 2019

Boy name origins & meanings

  • German : The sun

Family 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 Hall.
  • 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 -er.
  • Dutch : from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild ‘strife’ + hari, heri ‘army’.
  • 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 hel.

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