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Keep Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a jailer or someone employed at a keep or castle, Middle English kepe. Americanized spelling of German Kiep, from a short form of the old personal name Gebolf, from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements geb ‘gift’ + wolf ‘wolf’. Compare Gebhardt.

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


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 the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 18 Keep families living in Massachusetts. This was about 32% of all the recorded Keep's in the 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 US 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
    21%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Carpenter
    7%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    24%
  • Maid
    18%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
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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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