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Dunkel Name Meaning

German: nickname from Middle Low German dunkel, a byform of dunker ‘dark’, ‘conceited’, ‘unclear’, also applied as a byname for a blind person.

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


Similar surnames: Dunker, Kunkel, Dinkel, Punke, Denker, Punzel, Runke, Ducker, Dankel

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Where is the Dunkel family from?

You can see how Dunkel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dunkel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dunkel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Dunkel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 44% of all the recorded Dunkel's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Dunkel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dunkel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dunkel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dunkel. 14% of Dunkel men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Dunkel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dunkel were Clerk and Clerk. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    18%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housework
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dunkel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Dunkel. For the veterans among your Dunkel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dunkel lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Dunkel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dunkel in 1955 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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