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Where did the German Kuehl family come from? When did the Kuehl family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kuehl family history?

Like many surnames, the name Kuehl is taken from a feature of the terrain around the family's dwelling place; Kuhl comes from the Middle Low German word "kule," meaning a "hollow" or "depression." There are also several places in the northern part of Germany with that name.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kuhl, Kuhle, Kuhlen, Kuhlemann, Kuhlmann, Kulemann, Kule and many more.

First found in Germany, where the name Kuehl came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status. Like many surnames, the name Kuehl is taken from a feature of the terrain around the family's dwelling place; Kuhl comes from the Middle Low German word "kule," meaning a "hollow" or "depression." There are also several places in the northern part of Germany with that name.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kuehl research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1651 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Kuehl History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kuehl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kuehl Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johann Kuehl, who arrived in America in 1742

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  • Sheila James Kuehl (b. 1941), American politician and former child actress


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