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Karl Family History

Karl Name Meaning
German, Dutch, Scandinavian, and eastern and southern Slavic: from the personal name Karl, from a common Germanic word, Old High German karl ‘man’, ‘husband’, ‘freeman’. See also Carl and Charles. The popularity of this name and its cognates in central and northern Europe was greatly enhanced by its status as a royal and imperial name; in particular it was bestowed in honor of the Frankish emperor Charlemagne (in Latin, Carolus Magnus).

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

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Name Distribution of Karl Families

  • Number of Karl families
     95 - 188
     32 - 94
     1 - 31
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Karl families
     9 - 16
     4 - 8
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Karl families
     3 - 4
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Karl Family Origin

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Karl Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Karl

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Karl Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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