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Kilman Family History

Kilman Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from Yiddish kil ‘cool’ + man ‘man’. Scottish: variant of Kelman. Possibly an altered spelling of German Killmann (see Killman).

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


Similar surnames: Kinman, Kelman, Tilman, Kolman, Kielman, Milman, Kulman, Gilman

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Where is the Kilman family from?

You can see how Kilman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kilman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kilman families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Kilman families living in Tennessee. This was about 50% of all the recorded Kilman's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Kilman families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kilman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kilman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kilman. 30% of Kilman men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Kilman women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kilman were Machinist and Student Nurse.

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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
    30%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Waterman
    8%
  • Machinist
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    20%
  • Clerk
    16%
  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Student Nurse
    8%
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What Kilman family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Kilman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kilman 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 927 immigration records available for the last name Kilman. 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 611 military records available for the last name Kilman. For the veterans among your Kilman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kilman lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Kilman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Kilman in 1954 was 49, and 77 in 2004.

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