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Keel Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Keele in Staffordshire, named from Old English c¯ ‘cows’ + hyll ‘hill’, or from East and West Keal in Lincolnshire, which are named from Old Norse kjolr ‘ridge’. Irish: reduced form of McKeel. Swiss German: probably a variant of Kehl 2. Americanized spelling of German Kühl (see Kuhl) or Kiehl, Kiel (see Kiel).

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


Similar surnames: Kiel, Keen, Keep, Keal, Kehl, Kees, Deel, Teel, Peel, Seel

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Where is the Keel family from?

You can see how Keel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Keel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Keel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 17 Keel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 20% of all the recorded Keel's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Keel families in 1840.
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What did your Keel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Keel. 23% of Keel men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Keel women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Keel were Farm Laborer and Cook.

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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
    23%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
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Census Records

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Keel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Keel 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Keel. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Keel. For the veterans among your Keel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Keel lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Keel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Keel in 1946 was 47, and 76 in 2004.

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