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Keep Name Meaning

English (southeastern): from Middle English kepe possibly in the sense ‘keep of a castle’ though this is not otherwise recorded until the late 16th century (perhaps a translation of Italian tenazza ‘that which keeps’) or in the sense ‘look-out place’ (Old English cēpe from cēpan ‘to watch look out for’). Americanized form of German Kiep or of some other similar (like-sounding) German surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Kemp, Keen, Kees, Keel, Reep, Kelp, Leep, Deep, Klee, Bee

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Where is the Keep family from?

You can see how Keep families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Keep family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Keep families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 18 Keep families living in Massachusetts. This was about 32% of all the recorded Keep's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Keep families in 1840.
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What did your Keep ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Keep. 21% of Keep men worked as a Farmer and 24% of Keep women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Keep were Salesman and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Keep. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Keep 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Keep. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Keep. For the veterans among your Keep ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Keep lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Keep life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Keep in 1944 was 29, and 63 in 2004.

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