History of your Surname
Get access to Kensler family records.Start a free trial

Kensler Family History

Kensler Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Kenzler from Middle High German kenzeler kanzelære ‘chancellor’ hence an occupational name for a chancellor (of a law office) or more likely a nickname for someone in his service.

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

Similar surnames: Keisler, Kessler, Kenner, Gensler, Kindler, Kissler, Genser, Meisler

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Kensler family from?

You can see how Kensler families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kensler family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kensler families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Kensler families living in Ohio. This was about 44% of all the recorded Kensler's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Kensler families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kensler surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kensler ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kensler. 49% of Kensler men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Kensler women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kensler were Clerk and Housewife. .

View Census Data for Kensler | Data not to scale

*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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
  • Teacher
  • Secretary
  • Housewife
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Kensler family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Kensler. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kensler census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Kensler

Passenger Lists

There are 187 immigration records available for the last name Kensler. 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.

View all Kensler immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 827 military records available for the last name Kensler. For the veterans among your Kensler ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Kensler military records

You've only scratched the surface of Kensler family history

Discover More

What is the average Kensler lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Kensler life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Kensler in 1954 was 42, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kensler

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Kensler family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial