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Kelber Family History

Kelber Name Meaning

shortened form of Kelberer, occupational name for someone who reared calves, from Middle High German kalb, kalp (plural kelber) + the agent suffix -er. habitational name for someone from a place called Kelbra on the Unstrut river.

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


Similar surnames: Kaelber, Helber, Kolber, Felber, Keller, Kelker, Kelter, Melber

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Where is the Kelber family from?

You can see how Kelber families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kelber family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Kelber families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Kelber family living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Kelber's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Kelber families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kelber surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kelber ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kelber. 24% of Kelber men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Kelber women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kelber were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
    24%
  • Salesman
    17%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Truck Driver
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    25%
  • Laundress
    25%
  • Stenographer
    25%
  • Housekeeper
    25%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Kelber. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kelber 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 560 immigration records available for the last name Kelber. 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 682 military records available for the last name Kelber. For the veterans among your Kelber ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kelber lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Kelber life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Kelber in 1942 was 34, and 66 in 2004.

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