Kem Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a comb maker, from Middle High German kam ‘comb’ (see Kamm) or a variant of Kemme.

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


Similar surnames: Kam, Kemp, Keim, Kehm, Rehm, Kell, Kew, Fey, Klee, Sem

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Kem Family Origin

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Kem Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Kem occupation in the USA was Farmer. 48% of Kem's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Kem family was Book Keeper. Farmer, Baker and Boarding House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kem.

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  • Farmer

    48%
  • Baker

    4%
  • Boarding House

    4%
  • Book Keeper

    4%

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Kem Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Kem. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kem 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Kem. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Kem. For the veterans among your Kem ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kem Life Expectancy

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Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Kem life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Kem in 1950 was 62, and 76 in 2004.

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