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Kalmar Name Meaning

Swedish: habitational name from the seaport of Kalmar, which is situated opposite the island of Öland. Hungarian (Kalmár): occupational name from kalmár ‘merchant’ (from Middle High German kram ‘trading post’, ‘tent’).

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

Similar surnames: Kalmer, Kalman, Palmer, Kelman, Kalter, Zalar, Kamara, Kalmus, Almas

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Where is the Kalmar family from?

You can see how Kalmar families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kalmar family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kalmar families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 4 Kalmar families living in Illinois. This was about 40% of all the recorded Kalmar's in the USA. Illinois and 1 other state had the highest population of Kalmar families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kalmar surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kalmar ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kalmar. 31% of Kalmar men worked as a Laborer and 67% of Kalmar women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kalmar were Salesman and New Worker.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Miner
  • Farmer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • New Worker
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Kalmar. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kalmar 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kalmar. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Kalmar. For the veterans among your Kalmar ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kalmar lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Kalmar life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Kalmar in 1962 was 64, and 72 in 2004.

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