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Keyes Family History

Keyes Name Meaning

English Irish and Scottish: variant of Kay of various origins mostly with excrescent -s. English (of Norman origin): in some cases possibly a variant of Guise a habitational name from Guise in Aisne Picardy.

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


Similar surnames: Kees, Reyes, Lees, Keys, Kye, Key, Mewes, Hees, Leyes, Kyles

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Where is the Keyes family from?

You can see how Keyes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Keyes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Keyes families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 145 Keyes families living in Ontario. This was about 62% of all the recorded Keyes's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Keyes families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Keyes surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Keyes ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Keyes. 41% of Keyes men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Keyes women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Keyes were Student and 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
    41%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Farmers Son
    7%
  • Student
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    21%
  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Student
    13%
  • Farmer
    13%
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Census Records

There are 79,000 census records available for the last name Keyes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Keyes 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Keyes. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Keyes. For the veterans among your Keyes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Keyes lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Keyes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Keyes in 1945 was 34, and 72 in 2004.

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