Keitel Family History

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Keitel Name Meaning

German: of uncertain origin. It may be a variant spelling of Keidel, a variant spelling of the unexplained Prussian name Keytel, or a derivative of the South German dialect word Geitel ‘duck’ (and so a metonymic occupational name for a rearer of ducks or possibly a nickname for someone thought to resemble a duck). Alternatively the name may be derived from the Langobardic word gaida ‘spike (of a lance)’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name from Yiddish keytl ‘small chain’, ‘hook’.

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

Similar surnames: Eitel, Meisel, Keiter, Keil, Kessel, Knittel, Kestel, Keidel, Keiper

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Keitel Family Origin

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Keitel Family Occupations

What did your Keitel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Cabinet Maker, Farmer and Barber were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Keitel. The most common Keitel occupation in the USA was Cabinet Maker. 17% of Keitel's were Cabinet Makers. A less common occupation for the Keitel family was Butcher.

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  • Cabinet Maker

  • Farmer

  • Barber

  • Butcher


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Keitel ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Keitel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Keitel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Keitel census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 874 immigration records available for the last name Keitel. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Keitel. For the veterans among your Keitel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Keitel Life Expectancy

What is the average Keitel lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Keitel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Keitel in 1960 was 50, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Keitel ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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