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Karlen Family History

Karlen Name Meaning

German and Swiss German: derivative of Karl. Swedish: variant spelling of Carlen.

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

Similar surnames: Karlin, Karle, Kallen, Kalen, Karren, Barley, Carlen, Karlsen, Karpen

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Where is the Karlen family from?

You can see how Karlen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Karlen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Karlen families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there was 1 Karlen family living in Manitoba. This was about 25% of all the recorded Karlen's in Canada. Manitoba and 3 other provinces had the highest population of Karlen families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Karlen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Karlen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Karlen. 31% of Karlen men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Karlen women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Karlen were Manager and Bookkeeper.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Bookkeeper
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Karlen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Karlen 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Karlen. 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 602 military records available for the last name Karlen. For the veterans among your Karlen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Karlen lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Karlen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Karlen in 1962 was 80, and 87 in 2004.

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