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Kanis Family History

Kanis Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: altered spelling of Canis, a humanistic Latinization of Dutch de Hond(t), German Hundt, nicknames meaning ‘dog’. German: variant of Kanitz.

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


Similar surnames: Kruis, Tanis, Banis, Manis, Danis, Kunis, Janis, Hanis, Enis, Kamin

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Where is the Kanis family from?

You can see how Kanis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kanis family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Kanis families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 6 Kanis families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Kanis's in USA. New York had the highest population of Kanis families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kanis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kanis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kanis. 29% of Kanis men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Kanis women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kanis were Salesman and Operator. .

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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
    29%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    25%
  • Maid
    25%
  • Cook
    17%
  • Operator
    17%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Kanis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kanis 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Kanis. 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 495 military records available for the last name Kanis. For the veterans among your Kanis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kanis lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Kanis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Kanis in 1950 was 38, and 85 in 2004.

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