Kaiser Family History

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Kaiser Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German keiser ‘emperor’, from the Latin imperial title Caesar. This was the title borne by Holy Roman Emperors from Otto I (962) to Francis II (who relinquished the title in 1806). Later, it was borne by the monarch of Bismarck’s united Germany (1871–1918). It is very common as a German surname, originating partly as an occupational name for a servant in the Emperor’s household, partly as a nickname for someone who behaved in an imperious manner, and partly from a house sign. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Kaiser ‘emperor’, adopted (like Graf, Herzog, etc.) because of its aristocratic connotations. Muslim: from Arabic qay?sar ‘emperor’, which, like 1, is of Latin origin, from the imperial title in the Roman Empire.

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

Similar surnames: Gaiser, Kaser, Kasser, Zaiser, Kaeser, Naiser, Kaufer, Kayser, Hauser

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Kaiser Family Origin

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Kaiser Family Occupations

What did your Kaiser ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Kaiser family was Clerk. Jeweller, Baker and Bootmaker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kaiser. The most common Kaiser occupation in the UK was Jeweller. 14% of Kaiser's were Jewellers.

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  • Jeweller

  • Baker

  • Bootmaker

  • Clerk


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Kaiser Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 137,000 census records available for the last name Kaiser. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kaiser 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 34,000 immigration records available for the last name Kaiser. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 119,000 military records available for the last name Kaiser. For the veterans among your Kaiser ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kaiser Life Expectancy

What is the average Kaiser lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kaiser life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kaiser in 1940 was 42, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kaiser 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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