Karl Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Carl, Karp, Kerl, Kall, Kari, Kara, Karol, Kaul, Karel, Kark

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Karl Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Karl name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Karl. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Karl Family Origin

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Karl Family Occupations

What did your Karl ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Karl. The most common Karl occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Karl's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Karl family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Karl ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Karl Historical Records

What Karl family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Karl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Karl census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Karl. 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 Card

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Karl. For the veterans among your Karl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Karl Life Expectancy

What is the average Karl lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Karl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Karl in 1947 was 34, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Karl ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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