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Kaiser Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from Middle High German keiser ‘emperor’ from the Latin imperial title Caesar. This was the title borne by Holy Roman Emperors from Otto I (962) to Francis II (who relinquished the title in 1806). Later it was borne by the monarch of Bismarck's united Germany (1871–1918). It is very common as a German surname originating partly as an occupational name for a servant in the Emperor's household partly as a nickname for someone who behaved in an imperious manner and partly as a topographic or habitational name referring to a house or inn distinguished by the sign of an emperor. This surname is also found in many other European countries for example in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Belgium Denmark Hungary Poland Czechia and Slovenia (see also 3 below). Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Kaiser ‘emperor’ adopted (like Graf Herzog etc.) because of its aristocratic connotations. Germanized form of Polish Slovenian and Croatian Kajzer Czech and Slovenian Kajzar or Czech Kajzr: nickname of German origin (see 1 above) often applied as a translation into German of corresponding Slavic nicknames and surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Gaiser, Kaser, Kasser, Zaiser, Kaeser, Naiser, Kaufer, Kayser, Hauser

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Where is the Kaiser family from?

You can see how Kaiser families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kaiser family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kaiser families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 134 Kaiser families living in Ontario. This was about 39% of all the recorded Kaiser's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Kaiser families in 1911.
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What did your Kaiser ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Kaiser. 33% of Kaiser men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Kaiser women worked as a Student. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kaiser were Carpenter and Clerk. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Fisherman
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Student
  • Waitress
  • Clerk
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There are 137,000 census records available for the last name Kaiser. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kaiser census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 34,000 immigration records available for the last name Kaiser. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 119,000 military records available for the last name Kaiser. For the veterans among your Kaiser ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kaiser lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kaiser life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kaiser in 1940 was 42, and 76 in 2004.

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