Kelman Family History

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Kelman Name Meaning

Scottish: according to Black, a habitational name from a place in Aberdeenshire named Kelman. English: occupational name for a maker of caps or cauls, from Middle English kelle + man. English: perhaps an occupational name for a bargeman, from Middle English kele ‘ship’, ‘barge’. Compare Keeler. Americanized spelling of German Kellman. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the male personal name Kelman, a variant of Kalman.

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

Similar surnames: Selman, Elman, Kolman, Kilman, Kalman, Helman, Belman, German

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Kelman Family Origin

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Kelman Family Occupations

What did your Kelman ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Kelman family was Commercial Traveller. Farmer, Ag. Lab. and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kelman. The most common Kelman occupation in the UK was Farmer. 12% of Kelman's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Ag. Lab.

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Commercial Traveller


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

Kelman Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Kelman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kelman 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Kelman. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Kelman. For the veterans among your Kelman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kelman Life Expectancy

What is the average Kelman lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Kelman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Kelman in 1962 was 73, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kelman

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kelman 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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