Killen Family History

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Killen Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Coilín ‘son of Colin’. According to MacLysaght, the name was that of a gallowglass family from Scotland taken to Ireland by the O’Donnells.

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

Similar surnames: Killeen, Gillen, Killin, Millen, Gallen, Billen, Hillen, Kilen

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Killen Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Killen name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Killen. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Killen Family Origin

Where is the Killen family from?

Killen Family Occupations

What did your Killen ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Killen family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Killen. The most common Killen occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Killen's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Killen Historical Records

What Killen family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Killen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Killen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Killen. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Killen. For the veterans among your Killen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Killen Life Expectancy

What is the average Killen lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Killen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Killen in 1940 was 47, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Killen

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Killen 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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