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Kelson Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Kelston (Somerset) derived from an Old English personal name Calf (genitive Calfes) or from Old English calf ‘calf’ (genitive calfes) + tūn ‘farmstead estate’. Alternatively perhaps sometimes a habitational name from Kelstern (Lincolnshire) derived from the Old English personal name Cægel + Old English thorn ‘thorn tree’. Americanized form of Norwegian and Danish Kjeldsen . Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Keyle of uncertain origin.

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


Similar surnames: Belson, Melson, Elson, Nelson, Benson, Person, Askelson, Okeson

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Where is the Kelson family from?

You can see how Kelson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kelson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kelson families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 72 Kelson families living in London. This was about 21% of all the recorded Kelson's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Kelson families in 1891.
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What did your Kelson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Kelson. 42% of Kelson men worked as a General Labourer and 73% of Kelson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kelson were Post Office Cleaner and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    42%
  • Dental Mechanic
    25%
  • Painter
    17%
  • Post Office Cleaner
    17%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    73%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    5%
  • Private Means
    5%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Kelson. 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 Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Kelson. For the veterans among your Kelson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kelson lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Kelson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Kelson in 1944 was 29, and 72 in 2004.

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