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Kehr Name Meaning

from Middle High German kere ‘bend’, ‘corner’, hence a topographic name for someone living near a bend in a road or near a field named with this word. The name is common in Tyrol (where it is also a place name from which the surname may have arisen) and in adjoining parts of Switzerland. possibly a short form of a personal name, Kehri or Kehrein, derived from the Roman personal name Quirinus, which was borne by several early Christian martyrs.

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

Similar surnames: Kehl, Wehr, Kerr, Lehr, Gehr, Fehr, Kahr, Rehr, Rehm, Ahr

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Where is the Kehr family from?

You can see how Kehr families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kehr family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kehr families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Kehr families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 82% of all the recorded Kehr's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kehr families in 1840.
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What did your Kehr ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kehr. 22% of Kehr men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Kehr women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kehr were Carpenter and Saleslady.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Kehr. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kehr 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kehr. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Kehr. For the veterans among your Kehr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kehr lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Kehr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Kehr in 1956 was 50, and 76 in 2004.

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