Kilkenny Family History

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Kilkenny Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Chainnigh ‘son of the devotee of (Saint) Cainneach’.

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

Similar surnames: Kilkelly, Killen, Gilsenan, Kenny, Keaveny, Killeen, Pilkey, Gilkey

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Kilkenny Family Origin

Where is the Kilkenny family from?

Kilkenny Family Occupations

What did your Kilkenny ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kilkenny. The most common Kilkenny occupation in the USA was Farmer. 14% of Kilkenny's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Kilkenny family was Blacksmith.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Blacksmith


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Kilkenny ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Kilkenny Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Kilkenny. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kilkenny census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Kilkenny

Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Kilkenny. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Kilkenny. For the veterans among your Kilkenny ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kilkenny Life Expectancy

What is the average Kilkenny lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Kilkenny life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kilkenny in 1950 was 39, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kilkenny

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kilkenny ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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