Kell Family History

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Kell Name Meaning

from Middle High, Middle Low German kelle ‘trowel’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of such tools. habitational name from any of the places, especially in Rhineland, named Kell, from Middle Low German kel (a field name denoting swampy land), or from kelle ‘steep path’, ‘ravine’ (see Kelle).

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

Similar surnames: Keil, Bell, Dell, Kehl, Pell, Knell, Tell, Fell, Ell, Hell

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Kell Family Origin

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Kell Family Occupations

What did your Kell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Farmer and Mason were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kell. The most common Kell occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 17% of Kell's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Kell family was Stone Mason.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Mason

  • Stone Mason


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Kell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Kell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kell 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Kell. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Kell. For the veterans among your Kell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kell Life Expectancy

What is the average Kell lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Kell in 1940 was 67, and 74 in 2004.

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