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Kalb Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German kalp ‘calf’, German Kalb, hence either a metonymic occupational name for someone who reared calves or a nickname for a meek or foolish person. Arabic: from kalb ‘dog’; one of several Arabic protective names that were supposed to frighten the jinn.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Kalp, Salb, Kalk, Kalt, Falb, Kapp, Garb, Kolb, Palm, Kauk

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Where is the Kalb family from?

You can see how Kalb families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kalb family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kalb families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Kalb families living in Ohio. This was about 33% of all the recorded Kalb's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Kalb families in 1840.
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What did your Kalb ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kalb. 22% of Kalb men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Kalb women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kalb were Clerk and Saleslady.

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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
    22%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Saleslady
    7%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Kalb. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kalb 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Kalb. 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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Draft Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Kalb. For the veterans among your Kalb ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kalb lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Kalb life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Kalb in 1955 was 66, and 76 in 2004.

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