Kehl History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Although the early records of this surname come from Southern Germany, the name itself is thought to come from the place name Kiel in Holstein, a former duchy in northern Germany.

Early Origins of the Kehl family

The surname Kehl was first found in Baden, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. There are record of bearers of von Kile and Kileman in Lübeck in the year 1300. There was one family originally seated at Kielmanseck in Wurtemburg where they were confirmed as nobles in 1578.

Early History of the Kehl family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kehl research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1639, 1641, 1652, 1679, 1686, and 1714 are included under the topic Early Kehl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kehl Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kiel, Kiehl, Kehl, Kieler, Kiehler, Kyler, Kielman, Kielmann, Kiehle, von Kiel and many more.

Early Notables of the Kehl family (pre 1700)

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kehl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kehl migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kehl Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Dietrich Kehl, aged 46, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731 [1]
  • Hans Georg Kehl, aged 7, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 [1]
  • Katherina Margerita Kehl, aged 16, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 [1]
  • Maria Vesela Kehl, aged 40, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731 [1]
  • Philip Christoph Kehl, aged 11, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kehl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Conraad Kehl, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • John V Kehl, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1842 [1]
  • Jakob Kehl, who landed in North America in 1852 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kehl (post 1700) +

  • Tony Kehl (b. 1942), American college football coach
  • Jason Kehl, professional American rock climber
  • Bryan Kehl (b. 1984), American football linebacker
  • John Elwin Kehl (1870-1936), American politician, U.S. Consul in Stettin, 1897-1908; Sydney, 1908-11; Salonika, 1911-17; Aarhus, 1919-20; Stuttgart, 1926-29; U.S. Consul General in Hamburg, 1931-32 [2]
  • Sebastian Walter Kehl (b. 1980), German footballer
  • Fritz Kehl (b. 1937), Swiss football defender

Bismarck
  • Fritz Kehl (1916-1941), German Maschinenmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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