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Kunkel Name Meaning

from Middle High German kunkel ‘spindle’, ‘distaff’ (from Late Latin conicula, conucula diminutive of conus ‘cone’, ‘peg’), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of spindles or a spinner or alternatively a nickname for a tall thin person. from a medieval German personal name, a pet form of Kuno (see Kuhn). possibly from Low German kunkel ‘dugout’, ‘shelter’, or ‘deep water’, of uncertain application: perhaps a topographic name. (Künkel): habitational name from a manor near Eisenack (Thuringia) or Erkelenz (Westphalia).

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


Similar surnames: Kenkel, Konkel, Kusel, Kandel, Dunkel, Punzel, Punke, Winkel, Turkel

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Where is the Kunkel family from?

You can see how Kunkel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kunkel family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Kunkel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 16 Kunkel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 84% of all the recorded Kunkel's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kunkel families in 1840.
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What did your Kunkel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kunkel. 23% of Kunkel men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Kunkel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kunkel were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Farmer
    23%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Kunkel. For the veterans among your Kunkel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kunkel lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Kunkel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kunkel in 1943 was 34, and 75 in 2004.

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