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Kelm Family History

Kelm Name Meaning

Germanized form of Polish Chelm ‘peak’, ‘hill’, a topographic name for someone who lived by a hill with a pointed summit, or habitational name from a city in eastern Poland or any of various other places named with this word.

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

Similar surnames: Helm, Elm, Kell, Kulm, Kolm, Knell, Palm, Mele, Keim, Kalm

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Where is the Kelm family from?

You can see how Kelm families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kelm family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kelm families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Kelm families living in Kentucky. This was about 80% of all the recorded Kelm's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Kelm families in 1840.
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What did your Kelm ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kelm. 37% of Kelm men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Kelm women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kelm were Salesman and Stenographer.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Kelm. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kelm 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kelm. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Kelm. For the veterans among your Kelm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kelm lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Kelm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Kelm in 1949 was 48, and 71 in 2004.

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