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Kelker Family History

Kelker Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a painter (someone who applied lime wash), from an agent derivative of Middle High German kelken ‘to whitewash’, ‘to lime’ or for a lime burner (see Kalkbrenner).

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


Similar surnames: Kolker, Kelber, Keller, Kelter, Kerker, Kelner, Kolber, Kolter

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Where is the Kelker family from?

You can see how Kelker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kelker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kelker families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Kelker families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 57% of all the recorded Kelker's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kelker families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kelker surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kelker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kelker. 24% of Kelker men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Kelker women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kelker were Helper 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

  • Laborer
    24%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Carpenter
    8%
  • Helper
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    28%
  • Maid
    28%
  • Housework
    28%
  • Saleslady
    19%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Kelker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kelker 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 222 immigration records available for the last name Kelker. 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 324 military records available for the last name Kelker. For the veterans among your Kelker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kelker lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Kelker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1979, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kelker in 1963 was 57, and 90 in 2004.

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