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Kill Name Meaning

German and Dutch: possibly from a short form of Kilian. German: habitational name from the village of Kill in the Eifel. Jewish: of uncertain origin; perhaps a nickname from Yiddish kil ‘cool’.

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


Similar surnames: Kiel, Kil, Gill, Koll, Dill, Kile, Hill, Nill, Will, Gell

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Where is the Kill family from?

You can see how Kill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kill families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 6 Kill families living in New York. This was about 30% of all the recorded Kill's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Kill families in 1840.
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What did your Kill ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kill. 26% of Kill men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Kill women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kill were Manager and Clerk.

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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
    26%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Manager
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Kill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kill 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kill. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Kill. For the veterans among your Kill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kill lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Kill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Kill in 1955 was 50, and 72 in 2004.

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