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Keeling Name Meaning

Irish: see Keeley. English: nickname from Middle English keling ‘young codfish’. Americanized spelling of German Kühling, a patronymic from Colo, probably a short form of an old personal name meaning ‘helmet’.

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

Similar surnames: Teeling, Peeling, Emling, Helling, Welling, Keesling, Deering

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Where is the Keeling family from?

You can see how Keeling families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Keeling family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Keeling families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 26 Keeling families living in Virginia. This was about 37% of all the recorded Keeling's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Keeling families in 1840.
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What did your Keeling ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Keeling. 21% of Keeling men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Keeling women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Keeling were Truck Driver and Waitress. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Seamstress
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 68,000 census records available for the last name Keeling. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Keeling 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Keeling. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Keeling. For the veterans among your Keeling ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Keeling lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Keeling life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Keeling in 1942 was 31, and 66 in 2004.

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