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Kin Name Meaning

English: from a Middle English personal name, Kin, Kinna, which is a shortened form of any of various Old English names beginning with Cyne ‘royal’, for example Cynesige (see Kinsey). Dutch: nickname for someone with a pointed or jutting chin. Dutch: from Middle Dutch kinne ‘kin’. Hungarian: nickname from kín ‘pain’. Variant of Korean Kim.

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


Similar surnames: Kinn, Kind, Kan, King, Min, Ken, Din, Ing, Pin, Kint

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Where is the Kin family from?

You can see how Kin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kin families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 50 Kin families living in California. This was about 44% of all the recorded Kin's in the USA. California had the highest population of Kin families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kin surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kin. 35% of Kin men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Kin women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kin were Proprietor and Stenographer.

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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

  • Laborer
    35%
  • Farm Operator
    12%
  • Waiter
    6%
  • Proprietor
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    25%
  • Bookkeeper
    25%
  • Housewife
    17%
  • Stenographer
    17%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Kin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kin 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Kin. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Kin. For the veterans among your Kin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kin lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2003, in the United States, Kin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Kin in 1951 was 47, and 74 in 2003.

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