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Kellis Family History

Kellis Name Meaning

Scottish: patronymic based on Kelly as a personal name. Compare Kellison. Greek: descriptive nickname for a bald man, from kelis ‘bald’, a word of Turkish origin.

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


Similar surnames: Mellis, Dellis, Kallis, Kells, Kellas, Kellie, Ellis, Rallis, Sallis

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Where is the Kellis family from?

You can see how Kellis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kellis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kellis families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Kellis families living in Tennessee. This was about 31% of all the recorded Kellis's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Kellis families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kellis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kellis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kellis. 37% of Kellis men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Kellis women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kellis were Cook and Seamstress.

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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
    37%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Truck Driver
    10%
  • Cook
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    17%
  • Waitress
    10%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Seamstress
    10%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Kellis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kellis 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 400 immigration records available for the last name Kellis. 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 967 military records available for the last name Kellis. For the veterans among your Kellis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kellis lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Kellis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Kellis in 1951 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

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