Kelsey Family History

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Kelsey Name Meaning

English: habitational name from North or South Kelsey in Lincolnshire, so named from Ceol, an Old English personal name, or alternatively from an unattested Old Scandinavian word, kæl ‘wedge-shaped piece of land’, + eg ‘island’, ‘area of dry land in a marsh’. Possibly also an Americanized form of German Gelzer.

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


Similar surnames: Kersey, Akeley, Kimsey, Elsey, Hessey, Vessey, Keeley, Keesey, Kellen

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Kelsey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kelsey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kelsey. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    50%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    17%

  • Germanic Europe

    8%

  • Norway

    4%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    3%

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Kelsey Family Origin

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Kelsey Family Occupations

What did your Kelsey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Kelsey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Kelsey's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kelsey. A less common occupation for the Kelsey family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

    39%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Laborer

    5%
  • Farming

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Kelsey ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Kelsey Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 133,000 census records available for the last name Kelsey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kelsey census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Kelsey. 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 Card

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Kelsey. For the veterans among your Kelsey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kelsey Life Expectancy

What is the average Kelsey lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Kelsey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kelsey in 1943 was 43, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kelsey

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kelsey ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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