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Kiel Name Meaning

German (common in the north of Germany and around Hamburg): in some cases probably a habitational name from the city of Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein, but more likely a topographic name for someone living by a long narrow bay or area of sheltered water, from Middle Low German kil ‘wedge’, the word from which the city derives its name. Alternatively, it may be from the same word applied as a nickname to denote a crude person. North German: possibly an occupational name for a ship’s captain, short for Low German Kilmester (Middle Low German kil ‘keel’, ‘boat’ + mester ‘master’, ‘skipper’). Kilmester is attested as a surname near Rostock in the 13th century. German: from a pet form of the personal name Kilian. Dutch: from Middle Dutch kidel, kedel ‘smock’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who make such garments or perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore one. Dutch: habitational name from a place so named in Antwerp or from the German city (see 1). Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Kil. Polish (Kiel): from kiel ‘tooth’, ‘fang’, hence a nickname for someone with bad or protruding teeth.

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

Similar surnames: Kiehl, Kil, Kill, Kies, Lier, Biel, Keel, Kief, Kieler, Kell

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Where is the Kiel family from?

You can see how Kiel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kiel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kiel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 7 Kiel families living in Manitoba. This was about 32% of all the recorded Kiel's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Kiel families in 1911.
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What did your Kiel ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Saleswoman were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Kiel. 62% of Kiel men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Kiel women worked as a Saleswoman. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kiel were Labourer and Farm Help.

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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
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Saleswoman
  • Farm Help
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Kiel. 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 26,000 military records available for the last name Kiel. For the veterans among your Kiel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kiel lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Kiel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Kiel in 1949 was 52, and 74 in 2004.

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