Kimmel Family History

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Kimmel Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German kumin, German Kümmel ‘caraway’ (related to Latin cuminum, a word of Oriental origin, like the plant itself), hence a metonymic occupational name for a spicer, literally a supplier of caraway seeds. Compare Caraway, also Lorber and ZimÊt.

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

Similar surnames: Himmel, Zimmel, Kimmer, Kimmet, Hummel, Semmel, Zimmer, Kimm, Kimbel

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Kimmel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kimmel name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Kimmel Family Origin

Where is the Kimmel family from?

Kimmel Family Occupations

What did your Kimmel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kimmel. The most common Kimmel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 49% of Kimmel's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Kimmel family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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

Kimmel Historical Records

What Kimmel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Kimmel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kimmel 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Kimmel. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Kimmel. For the veterans among your Kimmel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kimmel Life Expectancy

What is the average Kimmel lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Kimmel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kimmel in 1942 was 44, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kimmel 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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