Keel Family History

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Keel Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Keele in Staffordshire, named from Old English c¯ ‘cows’ + hyll ‘hill’, or from East and West Keal in Lincolnshire, which are named from Old Norse kjolr ‘ridge’. Irish: reduced form of McKeel. Swiss German: probably a variant of Kehl 2. Americanized spelling of German Kühl (see Kuhl) or Kiehl, Kiel (see Kiel).

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

Similar surnames: Kiel, Keen, Keep, Keal, Kehl, Kees, Deel, Teel, Peel, Seel

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Keel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Keel name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Keel. 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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Keel Family Origin

Where is the Keel family from?

Keel Family Occupations

What did your Keel ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Keel occupation in the UK was Farmer. 8% of Keel's were Farmers. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Farm Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Keel. A less common occupation for the Keel family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farm Labourer

  • Carpenter


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

Keel Historical Records

What Keel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Keel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Keel 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Keel. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Keel. For the veterans among your Keel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Keel Life Expectancy

What is the average Keel lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Keel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Keel in 1946 was 47, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Keel

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Keel 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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