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Kief Name Meaning

North German: probably a nickname for a quarrelsome person, from Middle Low German kif ‘quarrel’.

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


Similar surnames: Kiel, Kies, Gier, Bien, Kopf, Brief, Zipf, Kidd, Wied, Bies

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Where is the Kief family from?

You can see how Kief families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kief family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kief families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Kief families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Kief's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Kief families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kief surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kief ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kief. 29% of Kief men worked as a Laborer and 60% of Kief women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kief were Proprietor and Housewife.

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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
    29%
  • Farmer
    27%
  • Machinist
    9%
  • Proprietor
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    60%
  • Housewife
    40%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Kief. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kief 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 540 immigration records available for the last name Kief. 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 883 military records available for the last name Kief. For the veterans among your Kief ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kief lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Kief life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Kief in 1957 was 50, and 75 in 2004.

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