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Kalen Name Meaning

German: habitational name of Slavic origin from a place so named in Mecklenburg. Altered spelling of German Kahlen, a variant of Kahl, or a habitational name from either of two places so named in northern Germany.

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


Similar surnames: Palen, Kamen, Kale, Kalan, Kallen, Maren, Kaden, Valen, Kaler, Karlen

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Where is the Kalen family from?

You can see how Kalen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kalen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kalen families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 8 Kalen families living in Quebec. This was about 57% of all the recorded Kalen's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Kalen families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kalen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kalen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kalen. 25% of Kalen men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Kalen women worked as a Servant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kalen were Farmer and Machine Operator.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    25%
  • Salesman
    16%
  • Proprietor
    11%
  • Farmer
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Servant
    25%
  • Maid
    19%
  • Saleslady
    19%
  • Machine Operator
    13%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Kalen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kalen 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 859 immigration records available for the last name Kalen. 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 456 military records available for the last name Kalen. For the veterans among your Kalen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kalen lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Kalen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Kalen in 1963 was 67, and 76 in 2004.

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