Kunkel Family History

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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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Kunkel Family Origin

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Kunkel Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Kunkel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Kunkel's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kunkel. A less common occupation for the Kunkel family was Tailor.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Tailor


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Kunkel Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Kunkel Life Expectancy

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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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