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Kelman Name Meaning

Scottish: according to Black, a habitational name from a place in Aberdeenshire named Kelman. English: occupational name for a maker of caps or cauls, from Middle English kelle + man. English: perhaps an occupational name for a bargeman, from Middle English kele ‘ship’, ‘barge’. Compare Keeler. Americanized spelling of German Kellman. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the male personal name Kelman, a variant of Kalman.

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

Similar surnames: Selman, Elman, Kolman, Kilman, Kalman, Helman, Belman, German

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Where is the Kelman family from?

You can see how Kelman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kelman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kelman families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1840 there was 1 Kelman family living in Louisiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Kelman's in the USA. Louisiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Kelman families in 1840.
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What did your Kelman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kelman. 13% of Kelman men worked as a Salesman and 14% of Kelman women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kelman were Proprietor and Clerk.

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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

  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Laborer
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Kelman. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Kelman. For the veterans among your Kelman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kelman lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Kelman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Kelman in 1962 was 73, and 79 in 2004.

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