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HILLEL Origin of surname

HILLEL, HILEL, HILLAEL

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name is also a patronymic, derived from a male ancestor's personal name.

In the talmudic period Hillel was the name of the 2nd/1st century BCE sage, surnamed 'Babylonian', and other famous scholars of the 3rd and 4th centuries CE. In addition to producing several spelling variants as a family name, Hillel developed patronymics (indicating descent in the male line) in German (Hillelsohn, Hillels and Hiller) and Russian forms characterized by the replacement of the initial "h" with "g" (Gilels, Gillerovitch and Giler).

Distinguished bearers of the Jewish family name Hillel include Abraham Moshe Hillel (1820-1920), chief rabbi of Baghdad, Iraq; the 20th century Israeli aeronautical engineer, Arie Hillel, and the 20th century Iraqi-born Israeli politician, speaker of the Knesset and member of the government of Israel, Shlomo Hillel.
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HILLEL Origin of surname
HILLEL, HILEL, HILLAEL

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name is also a patronymic, derived from a male ancestor's personal name.

In the talmudic period Hillel was the name of the 2nd/1st century BCE sage, surnamed 'Babylonian', and other famous scholars of the 3rd and 4th centuries CE. In addition to producing several spelling variants as a family name, Hillel developed patronymics (indicating descent in the male line) in German (Hillelsohn, Hillels and Hiller) and Russian forms characterized by the replacement of the initial "h" with "g" (Gilels, Gillerovitch and Giler).

Distinguished bearers of the Jewish family name Hillel include Abraham Moshe Hillel (1820-1920), chief rabbi of Baghdad, Iraq; the 20th century Israeli aeronautical engineer, Arie Hillel, and the 20th century Iraqi-born Israeli politician, speaker of the Knesset and member of the government of Israel, Shlomo Hillel.
Written by researchers of ANU Museum of the Jewish People