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Keil Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German kil ‘wedge’, ‘wooden peg’, hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such pegs or for a wood chopper. Alternatively, it may be nickname for an uncouth or misshapen person (compare Keidel) or a topographic name for someone who lived on or near a wedge-shaped plot of land. Altered spelling of German Geil, nickname from Middle High German geil ‘boisterous’, ‘mischievous’, later ‘horny’.

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


Similar surnames: Kell, Reil, Beil, Feil, Kehl, Keip, Peil, Geil, Seil, Wein

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Where is the Keil family from?

You can see how Keil families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Keil family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Keil families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Keil families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 67% of all the recorded Keil's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Keil families in 1840.
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What did your Keil ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Keil. 17% of Keil men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Keil women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Keil were Clerk and Teacher.

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Keil. 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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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Keil. For the veterans among your Keil ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Keil lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Keil life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1960. The average life expectancy for Keil in 1947 was 47, and 78 in 2004.

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