Kells Family History

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Kells Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: from Old Norse kaetil ‘cauldron’; in Scotland of topographic origin.

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

Similar surnames: Kellis, Helle, Keel, Knell, Kello, Kelle, Kellas, Wells, Mells, Kelly

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Kells Family Origin

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Kells Family Occupations

What did your Kells ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Kells family was Boot & Shoe Warehouseman. The most common Kells occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 15% of Kells's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, A... Letter Carrier & Stamp Maker (CSM) and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kells.

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  • Coal Miner

  • A... Letter Carrier & Stamp Maker (CSM)

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Boot & Shoe Warehouseman


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

Kells Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Kells. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kells 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 Kells. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Kells. For the veterans among your Kells ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kells Life Expectancy

What is the average Kells lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Kells life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Kells in 1944 was 26, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kells

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kells 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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