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Keelan Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of Keelahan, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Céileacháin, from céileachán, a diminutive of céile ‘companion’. Welsh: habitational name for someone from any of various townships called Cilan, especially one in Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire.

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

Similar surnames: Keegan, Geelan, Keenan, Heelan, Keelen, Keehan, Keeley, Keel, Deehan

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Where is the Keelan family from?

You can see how Keelan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Keelan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Keelan families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 15 Keelan families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Keelan's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Keelan families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Keelan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Keelan ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Keelan. 75% of Keelan 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
  • Packer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Keelan. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Keelan. For the veterans among your Keelan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Keelan lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Keelan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Keelan in 1952 was 46, and 84 in 2004.

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