Keene Family History

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Keene Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Keen. Americanized spelling of German Kühne (see Kuehn).

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

Similar surnames: Keane, Keeney, Keen, Kiene, Keele, Kenne, Keune, Beene, Beese, Kelner

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Keene Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Keene name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Keene. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Keene Family Origin

Where is the Keene family from?

Keene Family Occupations

What did your Keene ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Keene. The most common Keene occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Keene's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Keene family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Keene ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Keene Historical Records

What Keene family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 104,000 census records available for the last name Keene. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Keene census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Keene. 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 Card

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Keene. For the veterans among your Keene ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Keene Life Expectancy

What is the average Keene lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Keene life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Keene in 1942 was 33, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Keene

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Keene ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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