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Kidwell Name Meaning

English: possibly a habitational name from Kiddal in Barwick in Elmet, West Yorkshire, which is probably so named from the Old English personal name Cydda + Old English halh ‘nook or corner of land’. However, the surname occurs predominantly in Devon, suggesting another, unidentified source may be involved. Alternatively, it could be a variant of Kiddle, a topographic name for someone living by (or making his living from) a fish weir, Middle English kidel (Old French cuidel, quidel, a word of Breton origin).

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

Similar surnames: Tidwell, Sidwell, Birdwell, Twidwell, Rodwell, Bridwell, Bidwell

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Where is the Kidwell family from?

You can see how Kidwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kidwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kidwell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 61 Kidwell families living in Devon. This was about 31% of all the recorded Kidwell's in United Kingdom. Devon had the highest population of Kidwell families in 1891.
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What did your Kidwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Kidwell. 25% of Kidwell men worked as an Incapacitated and 92% of Kidwell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kidwell were Building Contractor and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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

  • Incapacitated
  • Coal Hewer
  • General Labourer
  • Building Contractor

Top Female Occupations In 1939

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

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kidwell. 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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There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Kidwell. For the veterans among your Kidwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kidwell lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Kidwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Kidwell in 1942 was 27, and 71 in 2004.

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