Kerr Family History

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Kerr Name Meaning

English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of wet ground overgrown with brushwood, northern Middle English kerr (Old Norse kjarr). A legend grew up that the Kerrs were left-handed, on theory that the name is derived from Gaelic cearr ‘wrong-handed’, ‘left-handed’. Irish: see Carr. This surname has also absorbed examples of German Kehr.

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

Similar surnames: Kern, Kehr, Herr, Kirk, Kear, Merry, Burr, Kerl, Keer, Ker

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Kerr Family Origin

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Kerr Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Kerr family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kerr. The most common Kerr occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Kerr's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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Kerr Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 574,000 census records available for the last name Kerr. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kerr 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 116,000 immigration records available for the last name Kerr. 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 81,000 military records available for the last name Kerr. For the veterans among your Kerr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kerr Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Kerr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kerr in 1941 was 45, and 77 in 2004.

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