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Kelson Family History

Kelson Name Meaning

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Keyle, of uncertain origin. Probably in some cases of Scandinavian origin, an Americanized form of a patronymic from the Old Norse personal name Ketill meaning ‘kettle’, ‘helmet’ (see for example Ketelsen).

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

Similar surnames: Belson, Melson, Elson, Nelson, Benson, Person, Askelson, Okeson

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Where is the Kelson family from?

You can see how Kelson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kelson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kelson families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 20 Kelson families living in Ontario. This was about 27% of all the recorded Kelson's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Kelson families in 1911.
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What did your Kelson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Kelson. 56% of Kelson men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Kelson women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kelson were Salesman and Stenographer.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Kelson lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Kelson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Kelson in 1944 was 29, and 72 in 2004.

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