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Kilburn Family History

Kilburn Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in North Yorkshire or one in Derbyshire, both of uncertain etymology. They are possibly named from an Old English personal name Cylla or Old English cyl(e)n ‘kiln’ + burna ‘stream’. The place of this name in London has apparently not contributed to the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Milburn, Colburn, Wilburn, Tilbury, Winburn, Hilburn, Bilbro

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Where is the Kilburn family from?

You can see how Kilburn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kilburn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kilburn families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 27 Kilburn families living in Massachusetts. This was about 21% of all the recorded Kilburn's in the USA. Massachusetts and 1 other state had the highest population of Kilburn families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kilburn surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kilburn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kilburn. 28% of Kilburn men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Kilburn women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kilburn were Salesman 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housework
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 47,000 census records available for the last name Kilburn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kilburn 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Kilburn. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Kilburn. For the veterans among your Kilburn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kilburn lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kilburn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Kilburn in 1940 was 28, and 76 in 2004.

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