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Kelso Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Kelso on the river Tweed in Roxburghshire so named from Old English calc ‘chalk’ + hōh ‘heel spur of land’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Kellow, Elson, Kello, Kelson, Keto, Kelty, Kelsoe, Bello, Mello

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Where is the Kelso family from?

You can see how Kelso families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kelso family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kelso families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 31 Kelso families living in Indiana. This was about 22% of all the recorded Kelso's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Kelso families in 1840.
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What did your Kelso ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kelso. 18% of Kelso men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Kelso women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kelso were Carpenter and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 58,000 census records available for the last name Kelso. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kelso census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Kelso. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Kelso. For the veterans among your Kelso ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kelso lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Kelso life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Kelso in 1941 was 66, and 75 in 2004.

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