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Ketelsen Family History

Ketelsen Name Meaning

Danish, Norwegian, and North German: patronymic from a personal name derived from Old Norse Ketill, from ketill ‘kettle’, ‘cauldron’.

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


Similar surnames: Kettle, Petersen, Nielsen, Karlsen, Kelson, Kettleson, Bertelsen

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Where is the Ketelsen family from?

You can see how Ketelsen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ketelsen family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Ketelsen families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 17 Ketelsen families living in Iowa. This was 100% of all the recorded Ketelsen's in the USA. Iowa had the highest population of Ketelsen families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ketelsen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ketelsen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ketelsen. 33% of Ketelsen men worked as a Farmer and 40% of Ketelsen women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ketelsen were Manager and Operator.

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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
    33%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Manager
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    40%
  • Teacher
    20%
  • Maid
    20%
  • Operator
    20%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Ketelsen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ketelsen 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 Ketelsen. 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 567 military records available for the last name Ketelsen. For the veterans among your Ketelsen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ketelsen lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Ketelsen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Ketelsen in 1948 was 48, and 82 in 2004.

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