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Kiehl Name Meaning

from Middle Low German kil ‘wedge’, applied as a metonymic occupational name or as a pejorative nickname for a ruffian. possibly a habitational name from Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein, from Dutch and Frisian kil ‘stagnant water’ (see Kiel). South German: variant of Kühl (see Kuehl). from a pet form of the personal name Kilian. in Bavaria, a nickname for a fool, probably from Middle High German kil ‘wedge’, used figuratively for a bumbler.

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


Similar surnames: Kiel, Biehl, Kiehn, Kehl, Keil, Kuhl, Wiehl, Hehl, Riehl, Diehl

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Where is the Kiehl family from?

You can see how Kiehl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kiehl family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Kiehl families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Kiehl families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Kiehl's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kiehl families in 1840.
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What did your Kiehl ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kiehl. 20% of Kiehl men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Kiehl women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kiehl were Labor and Housekeeper.

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Machinist
    6%
  • Labor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    14%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Teacher
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
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Passenger Lists

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What is the average Kiehl lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Kiehl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Kiehl in 1948 was 72, and 82 in 2004.

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