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Kalmer Name Meaning

perhaps a nickname from Thuringian dialect galmer ‘yellowhammer’, equivalent to Goldammer in standard German, which is found as a surname in eastern parts of the country. Alternatively it could be a habitational name for someone from Kalme near Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony. Perhaps an altered spelling of Kalmar.

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

Similar surnames: Kaller, Palmer, Kalter, Kalmar, Kummer, Almer, Kamer, Kasmer, Balmer

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Where is the Kalmer family from?

You can see how Kalmer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kalmer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kalmer families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 22 Kalmer families living in Illinois. This was about 52% of all the recorded Kalmer's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Kalmer families in 1880.
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What did your Kalmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kalmer. 20% of Kalmer men worked as a Farmer and 40% of Kalmer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kalmer were Laborer Farm and Housework.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Proprietor
  • Laborer Farm

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Kalmer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kalmer 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 450 immigration records available for the last name Kalmer. 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 191 military records available for the last name Kalmer. For the veterans among your Kalmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kalmer lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Kalmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Kalmer in 1953 was 53, and 65 in 2004.

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