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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kiel

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Kiel is of German origin and means "Like the German River, however, it is pronounced like "Kyle".".

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Alt. Meaning

K is for kindle, the warmth in others.

I is for ignite, the fire in you!

E is for enchant, for enchant you will.

L is for love, your love of life!

Notable Persons Named Kiel

Kiel Martin was an actor. Kiel was given the name Kiel Urban Mueller on July 26th, 1944 in Pittsburgh. He breathed his last breath on December 28th, 1990.

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Kiel was born on June 1st, 1986 in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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Kiel was born in 1984.

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Kiel McClung is a soccer player for the UCLA Bruins, Southern California Seahorses, San Fernando Valley Quakes, California Victory, Cleveland City Stars, and United States men's national under-20 soccer team. Kiel was born on May 1st, 1985 in Fresno, California.

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Kiel McLeod is a hockey player. His most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Kiel was born on December 30th, 1982 in Kelowna.

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Kiel Williams is an athlete for the Missouri Comets.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kiel

Richard Kiel was an actor, voice artist, and comedian. He was most active from 1960 to 2014. Richard was given the name Richard Dawson Kiel on September 13th, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. He died on September 10th, 2014.

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Gunner Kiel is a football player. Gunner was born on July 23rd, 1993 in Columbus, Indiana.

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Terrence Kiel was a football player for the San Diego Chargers. His career lasted from 2003 to 2006. Terrence was born on November 24th, 1980 in Lufkin, Texas. He passed away on July 4th, 2008.

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Blair Armstrong Kiel was a football player. Blair was born on November 29th, 1961 in Columbus, Indiana. He died on April 8th, 2012.

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Sid was born on July 18th, 1916 in Vrede. He passed away on July 19th, 2007.

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Henry Kiel was a mayor. He was most active from 1913 to 1925. Henry was born on February 21st, 1871. He died on November 26th, 1942.

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How popular is the baby name Kiel in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1961 5 0 5
1962 5 0 5
1965 10 0 10
1968 7 0 7
1970 9 0 9
1971 14 0 14
1972 10 0 10
1973 11 0 11
1974 6 0 6
1975 13 0 13
1976 8 0 8
1977 8 0 8
1978 7 0 7
1979 5 0 5
1980 9 0 9
1981 68 0 68
1982 194 0 194
1983 285 8 277
1984 265 5 260
1985 226 5 221
1986 183 0 183
1987 129 7 122
1988 85 0 85
1989 81 0 81
1990 73 0 73
1991 53 0 53
1992 57 0 57
1993 63 5 58
1994 55 0 55
1995 51 0 51
1996 42 0 42
1997 45 0 45
1998 41 0 41
1999 34 0 34
2000 38 0 38
2001 22 0 22
2002 21 0 21
2003 24 0 24
2004 23 0 23
2005 20 0 20
2006 22 0 22
2007 17 0 17
2008 20 0 20
2009 7 0 7
2010 16 0 16
2011 10 0 10
2013 18 0 18
2014 11 0 11
2015 6 0 6
2016 8 0 8
2017 15 0 15

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Popularity of Kiel as a first name

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Popularity of Kiel as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kiel U.S.
  White 87.02% 64.26%
  African American 7.77% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.69% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.37% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.93% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.22% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kiel

People with the last name Kiel are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Kiel

  • How Popular is the name Kiel? Kiel is the 5,939th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kiel was the 6,583rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kiel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,455 babies born with the first name Kiel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kiel to occupy the territory of Norfolk Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 2,302 (as of August 9, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kiel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1961 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kiel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kiel is Sunday, December 25th, 1898.
  • What year had the most people named Kiel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kiel was in 1983 with a total of 277 babies.
  • Random Kiel Factoid: According to the 1994 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kiel is not a popular baby boy's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1994.
  • Weird things about the name Kiel: Your name in reverse order is Leik. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ikle. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kiel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,146 people with the last name Kiel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kiel? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Kiel as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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