Keith Family History

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Keith Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Keith in East Lothian. In the 17th century numerous bearers of this name settled in Ulster. German: nickname from Middle High German kit ‘sprout’, ‘offspring’.

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


Similar surnames: Weith, Reith, Leith, Beitz, Keil, Ketz, Meth, Keitel, Leite, Seith

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Keith Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Keith name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Keith. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    52%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    19%

  • Germanic Europe

    7%

  • Norway

    3%

  • Sweden

    3%

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Keith Family Origin

Where is the Keith family from?

Keith Family Occupations

What did your Keith ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Keith family was Farming. The most common Keith occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Keith's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Keith.

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  • Farmer

    40%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farming

    4%

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

Keith Historical Records

What Keith family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 248,000 census records available for the last name Keith. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Keith 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Keith. 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 50,000 military records available for the last name Keith. For the veterans among your Keith ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Keith Life Expectancy

What is the average Keith lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Keith life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Keith in 1940 was 32, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Keith 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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