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Kemler Family History

Kemler Name Meaning

Altered spelling of German Kemmler or Kämmler, occupational name for a comb maker or a wool comber, from Middle High German kamb(e) ‘comb’ + the agent suffix -(l)er. Compare Kamler.

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


Similar surnames: Kamler, Hemler, Kepler, Demler, Semler, Kumler, Keller, Keiler

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Where is the Kemler family from?

You can see how Kemler families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kemler family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kemler families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 35 Kemler families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 29% of all the recorded Kemler's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kemler families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kemler surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kemler ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kemler. 27% of Kemler men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Kemler women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kemler were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
    27%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Truck Driver
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    18%
  • Office Girl
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Maid
    12%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Kemler. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kemler 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 537 immigration records available for the last name Kemler. 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 552 military records available for the last name Kemler. For the veterans among your Kemler ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kemler lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Kemler life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Kemler in 1949 was 46, and 61 in 2004.

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