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Kettering Family History

Kettering Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Northamptonshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Cateringe, probably from an unattested Old English personal name Cytra + -ingas, a suffix denoting ‘family or followers of’. Possibly an altered spelling of German Ketterling.

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


Similar surnames: Keeling, Keating, Ketterling, Getter, Kelting, Betteridge, Ketter

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Where is the Kettering family from?

You can see how Kettering families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kettering family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Kettering families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 10 Kettering families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 83% of all the recorded Kettering's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kettering families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kettering surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kettering ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kettering. 20% of Kettering men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Kettering women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kettering were Manager and Seamstress.

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Manager
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    14%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Seamstress
    10%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Kettering. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kettering 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 502 immigration records available for the last name Kettering. 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 Kettering. For the veterans among your Kettering ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kettering lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Kettering life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kettering in 1949 was 53, and 76 in 2004.

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