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Kiel Surname Meaning

North German: 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 kīl ‘wedge’ the word from which the city derives its name. German: from Middle Low German Middle High German kīl ‘wedge’ applied as a metonymic occupational name or as a pejorative nickname for a ruffian or a bumbler. German and Dutch: from a short form of the personal name Kilian . 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’). Dutch: from Middle Dutch kidel kedel ‘smock’ hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who made such garments or perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore one. Dutch: topographic name from Middle Dutch kille kiele ‘gully between sandbanks; fairway; anchorage’ or a habitational name from a place so named in Antwerp or from the German city (see 1 above).7: Polish (Kieł): from kieł ‘tooth fang’ hence a nickname for someone with bad or protruding teeth.8: Scottish: variant of Keil 9: Swedish: of German origin (see above) or an ornamental form of Kil a habitational name from placenames such as Kila in the province of Värmland or Kilby in the province of Uppland named with kil- ‘wedge’.10: Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Kil .

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

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

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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 USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 21 Kiel families living in London. This was about 43% of all the recorded Kiel's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Kiel families in 1891.
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What did your Kiel ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Kiel. 100% of Kiel women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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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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