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Keil Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German kīl ‘wedge wooden peg’ hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such pegs or for a wood chopper. Alternatively it may be nickname for an uncouth or misshapen person (compare Keidel ) or a topographic name for someone who lived on or near a wedge-shaped plot of land. Compare Cail Cale and Kile . Scottish: possibly a habitational name from a place called Keil or Keill in Scotland. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Keil ‘wedge wooden peg’ either an occupational or an artificial name; compare 1 above.

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

Similar surnames: Kell, Reil, Beil, Feil, Kehl, Keip, Peil, Geil, Seil, Wein

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Where is the Keil family from?

You can see how Keil families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Keil family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Keil families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 26 Keil families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Keil's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Keil families in 1911.
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What did your Keil ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Nooccupton were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Keil. 57% of Keil men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Keil women worked as a Nooccupton. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Teamster

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Nooccupton
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Keil. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Keil. For the veterans among your Keil ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Keil lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Keil life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1960. The average life expectancy for Keil in 1947 was 47, and 78 in 2004.

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