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Kett Family History

Kett Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone living near a water channel or water source, from the Bavarian dialect word Kett ‘water channel’, ‘spring’. English: Norfolk variant of Kite.

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


Similar surnames: Klett, Lett, Nett, Pett, Fett, Kitt, Keyt, Kent, Ketz, Kitz

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Where is the Kett family from?

You can see how Kett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kett families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Kett families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Kett's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kett families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kett surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kett ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kett. 31% of Kett men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Kett women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kett were Mechanic and Waitress.

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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
    31%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Machinist
    7%
  • Mechanic
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    15%
  • Machine Operator
    15%
  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Waitress
    15%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Kett. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kett 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Kett. 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 Kett. For the veterans among your Kett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kett lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Kett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Kett in 1952 was 28, and 76 in 2004.

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