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Ker Family History

Ker Surname Meaning

English and Scottish: variant of Carr . Hungarian (Kér): from the name of the ancient Hungarian tribe Kér. The tribe settled after the Magyar conquest of the Carpathian basin in the 9th–10th centuries in what is now known as Békés County but King Steven I resettled the tribe in royal estates far away from their original residence. Thus the 42 villages named after the Kér tribe are scattered around in Hungary. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 寇 see Kou Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 柯 (see Ke ) and 葛 (see Ge ). Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 郭 see Guo

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

Similar surnames: Kor, Kew, Kier, Kerr, Aker, Ken, Keer, Keir, Key, Der

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Where is the Ker family from?

You can see how Ker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ker families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1891 there were 62 Ker families living in London. This was about 22% of all the recorded Ker's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Ker families in 1891.
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What did your Ker ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Electrical Engineer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ker. 50% of Ker men worked as an Electrical Engineer and 76% of Ker women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ker were Baker and Domestic Servant. .

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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 1939

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Baker

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Servant
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Passenger Lists

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There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Ker. For the veterans among your Ker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ker lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Ker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Ker in 1954 was 47, and 85 in 2004.

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