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Kirwan Family History

Kirwan Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ciardhubháin ‘descendant of Ciardhubhán’, a personal name composed of the elements ciar ‘dark’ + dubh ‘black’ + the diminutive suffix -an.

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

Similar surnames: Kieran, Irwin, Kiernan, Kinnan, Kinman, Kortan, Iwan, Mirman, Kurian

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Where is the Kirwan family from?

You can see how Kirwan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kirwan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kirwan families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 17 Kirwan families living in Ontario. This was about 81% of all the recorded Kirwan's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Kirwan families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kirwan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kirwan ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Kirwan. 43% of Kirwan 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
  • Doctor
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Kirwan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kirwan 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Kirwan. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Kirwan. For the veterans among your Kirwan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kirwan lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Kirwan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Kirwan in 1953 was 47, and 78 in 2004.

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