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Keene Family History

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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Where is the Keene family from?

You can see how Keene families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Keene family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Keene families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 36 Keene families living in Maryland. This was about 27% of all the recorded Keene's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Keene families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Keene surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Keene ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Keene. 16% of Keene men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Keene women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Keene 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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