Kolb Family History

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Kolb Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German kolbe in various meanings. The main sense is ‘mace’ or ‘cudgel’, which was both a weapon and part of an official’s insignia, in some cases the insignia of a jester. It may also be a house name: there is also record of a house named ‘zum Kolben’ in Strasbourg. In Silesia the term denoted a shock of hair or a shorn head. Any of these senses could have given rise to the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Korb, Kalb, Koll, Kopf, Kolba, Holt, Kolm, Kroll, Kolz, Kolk

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Kolb Family Origin

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Kolb Family Occupations

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In 1881, Baker and Editor Newspaper were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Kolb. The most common Kolb occupation in the UK was Baker. 50% of Kolb's were Bakers.

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  • Editor Newspaper


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Kolb Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 47,000 census records available for the last name Kolb. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kolb 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Kolb. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Kolb. For the veterans among your Kolb ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kolb Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Kolb life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kolb in 1944 was 55, and 79 in 2004.

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