Kahl History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Kahl is a nickname surname; it is derived from a nickname given to the original bearer. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. In this case, the nickname is derived from the German word "kahl," which means "bald."

Early Origins of the Kahl family

The surname Kahl was first found in Lusatia, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles of Silesia include Nickel Kaler of Glatz (c.1384,) and Frenczel Kaler of Goerlitz (c.1434).

Early History of the Kahl family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kahl research. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1786, 1775, 1792, 1812, 1813, 1837, 1779 and 1815 are included under the topic Early Kahl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kahl Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kahl, Kahle, Kahler, Kahlen, Kahlert, Kahlere, Kahll, Kahller, Kal, Kall, Kale, Kaler, Kaller, Cal, Cahl, Cahle, Cahler and many more.

Early Notables of the Kahl family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Kahl were Conrad Christian Kahle, who held the powerful position of Privy Councillor for War and Defence at the Kurmark Chamber in Prussia. Leonard de Call, born in 1779; a guitar player and composer of harmonious and pretty part songs, which were greatly...
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Kahl Ranking

In the United States, the name Kahl is the 5,539th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Kahl migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kahl Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Wilhelm Kahl, who arrived in New York City in 1709
  • Johann Wilhelm Kahl, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [2]
  • Johannes Kahl, who settled in Philadelphia in 1741
  • Anna Maria Kahl, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [2]
  • Jacob Kahl, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kahl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Kahl, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1830 [2]
  • Charles Kahl, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840 [2]
  • Johann Jakob Kahl, who landed in North America in 1847 [2]
  • Joh Sylvester Kahl, who landed in America in 1850 [2]
  • Joh Wilh Kahl, who arrived in America in 1850 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kahl (post 1700) +

  • Nick Kahl, American politician, Member of the Oregon House of Representatives from the 49th district (2009-2011)
  • Robb Kahl, American lawyer and politician, Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from the 47th district
  • Chris Kahl (b. 1977), American musician
  • Nicholas Alexander Kahl (1879-1959), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Milt Kahl (1909-1987), American animator for Disney Studios, one of Disney's Nine Old Men who created Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Bambi and many more
  • Helmuth Kahl (1901-1974), German bronze medalist pentathlete at the 1928 Summer Olympics
  • Joachim Kahl (b. 1941), German freelance philosopher
  • Bruno Kahl (1914-1999), German Oberstleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Raymond Kahl (1974-2000), Papua New Guinean rugby league player at the 2000 World Cup
  • Elizabeth Kahl Figge, American philanthropist who through her eponymous foundation donated 13 million towards the 47 million construction of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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