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Kerr Family History

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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Where is the Kerr family from?

You can see how Kerr families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kerr family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kerr families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 187 Kerr families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 27% of all the recorded Kerr's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kerr families in 1840.
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What did your Kerr ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kerr. 12% of Kerr men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Kerr women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kerr were Clerk and Clerk.

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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

  • Farmer
    12%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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What is the average Kerr lifespan?

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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