Kilkenny Family History

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Kilkenny Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Chainnigh ‘son of the devotee of (Saint) Cainneach’.

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


Similar surnames: Kilkelly, Killen, Gilsenan, Kenny, Keaveny, Killeen, Pilkey, Gilkey

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Kilkenny Family Origin

Where is the Kilkenny family from?

Kilkenny Family Occupations

What did your Kilkenny ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Kilkenny. 3% of Kilkenny men worked as a Bricklayer and 43% of Kilkenny women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kilkenny were General Labourer Retired and Cook

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Builders Labourer Heavy Worker
    2%
  • General Labourer Retired
    2%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    43%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Cook
    2%

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

Kilkenny Historical Records

What Kilkenny family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Kilkenny. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kilkenny 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Kilkenny. 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 Kilkenny. For the veterans among your Kilkenny ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kilkenny Life Expectancy

What is the average Kilkenny lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Kilkenny life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kilkenny in 1950 was 39, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kilkenny

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kilkenny 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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