Kivela Family History

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Kivela Name Meaning

Finnish (Kivelä): from kivi ‘stone’ + the local ending -la, -lä, originally a habitational name from a farmstead so named. It was also adopted during the name conversion movement in the 19th and early 20th centuries by Finns with Swedish surnames, especially those formed with Swedish sten ‘stone’, such as Stenvall, Stenroos, and Stenberg.

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

Similar surnames: Kivi, Savela, Kiel, Rivera, Vela, Kell, Kilpela, Wivell, Tavel

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Kivela Family Origin

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Kivela Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kivela. 59% of Kivela men worked as a Laborer and 40% of Kivela women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kivela were Shoemaker and Stenographer

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Miner
  • Shoemaker

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Servant
  • Farm Laborer
  • Stenographer

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

Kivela Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Kivela. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kivela 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 785 immigration records available for the last name Kivela. 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 301 military records available for the last name Kivela. For the veterans among your Kivela ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kivela Life Expectancy

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Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Kivela life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Kivela in 1950 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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