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Kem Family History

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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Where is the Kem family from?

You can see how Kem families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kem family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kem families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Kem families living in Indiana. This was about 60% of all the recorded Kem's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Kem families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kem surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kem ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kem. 25% of Kem men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Kem women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kem were Truck Driver and Saleslady.

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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
    25%
  • Farmer
    24%
  • Salesman
    15%
  • Truck Driver
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    18%
  • Housewife
    18%
  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Saleslady
    8%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 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 Lists

There are 1,000 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 Cards

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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What is the average Kem lifespan?

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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