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 Family Origin

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Karl Family Occupations

What did your Karl ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Karl. 12% of Karl men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Karl women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Karl were Machinist and Teacher

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    12%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Machinist
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Karl Historical Records

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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

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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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