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Kettle Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Ketel Kitel (Old Norse Ketill meaning ‘kettle cauldron’ perhaps also ‘helmet’). Americanized form (translation into English) of German Kessel . Irish: in Ireland this generally is the English name in 1 above but in some cases it may also be an Anglicized form of Mac Thorcaill (see McCorkell ).

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

Similar surnames: Nettle, Settle, Tuttle, Kettler, Kittle, Bentle, Kettel, Kettles

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Where is the Kettle family from?

You can see how Kettle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kettle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kettle families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 406 Kettle families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Kettle's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Kettle families in 1891.
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What did your Kettle ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Kettle. 11% of Kettle men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Kettle women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kettle were Incapacitated 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

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Servant
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Census Records

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Kettle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kettle 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 Kettle. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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

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What is the average Kettle lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Kettle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Kettle in 1956 was 53, and 80 in 2004.

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