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Keen Family History

Keen Name Meaning

English: from Kene, a short form of the Old English personal name Cen or Cyne, based on Old English cene ‘wise’, ‘brave’, ‘proud’. Americanized spelling of German Kühn (see Kuehn).

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


Similar surnames: Keep, Keel, Ken, Kees, Kern, Been, Geen, Keene, Keehn, Bean

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Where is the Keen family from?

You can see how Keen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Keen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Keen families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 96 Keen families living in Maine. This was about 23% of all the recorded Keen's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Keen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Keen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Keen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Keen. 21% of Keen men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Keen women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Keen were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 242,000 census records available for the last name Keen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Keen 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Keen. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Keen. For the veterans among your Keen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Keen lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Keen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Keen in 1942 was 63, and 72 in 2004.

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