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Keel Name Meaning

English (Wiltshire and Somerset): habitational name from East and West Keal (Lincolnshire) or Keele (Staffordshire). The Lincolnshire placename is derived from Old Norse kjǫlr ‘keel ridge’ while the Staffordshire placename probably derives from Old English ‘cow’ + hyll ‘hill’. English: in Wiltshire perhaps a variant of Keevil a habitational name from Keevil (Wiltshire) derived from an Old English personal name Cȳfa or Old English cȳf ‘vessel tub’ (used topographically for a depression or hollow) + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. Irish: shortened form of McKeel . Swiss German: probably a variant of Kehl Americanized form of German Kühl (see Kuhl ) or Kiehl Kiel .

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

Similar surnames: Kiel, Keen, Keep, Keal, Kehl, Kees, Deel, Teel, Peel, Seel

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You can see how Keel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Keel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Keel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 11 Keel families living in Manitoba. This was about 52% of all the recorded Keel's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Keel families in 1911.
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What did your Keel ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Keel. 67% of Keel men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
  • Bookkeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Keel. 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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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Keel. For the veterans among your Keel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Keel lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Keel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Keel in 1946 was 47, and 76 in 2004.

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