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Killey Family History

Killey Name Meaning

Perhaps an altered spelling of Irish Kiley (see Kiely) or Swiss Kille(r), variants of Kilian or derivatives of the Germanic personal name Gelther (cognate with modern (ver)gelten ‘to repay’).

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


Similar surnames: Cilley, Dilley, Tilley, Gilley, Kille, Gulley, Kirley, Willey, Gille

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Where is the Killey family from?

You can see how Killey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Killey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Killey families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 9 Killey families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded Killey's in USA. New York had the highest population of Killey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Killey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Killey ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Killey. 50% of Killey men worked as a General Labourer and 77% of Killey women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Killey were Unpaid Domestic Duties and House Wife. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    50%
  • Gardener
    25%
  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    25%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    77%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • House Wife
    3%
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Killey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Killey 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Killey. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Killey. For the veterans among your Killey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Killey lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Killey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Killey in 1961 was 63, and 80 in 2004.

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