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The Kenkel surname is derived from the Middle High German word "kunkel," which meant "spindle." It is thus supposed that the first bearers of this surname were spindle makers in occupation.

Early Origins of the Kenkel family


The surname Kenkel was first found in Bavaria, where the family was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. Early records show a Dithart Kunkele, in Gieben in 1356, and a bearer of Kunkerl, who was a Pilgrim in 1379. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

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Early History of the Kenkel family

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Early History of the Kenkel family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenkel research.
Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1630, 1638, 1693, 1703, 1751, and 1813 are included under the topic Early Kenkel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kenkel Spelling Variations

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Kenkel Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gunkel, Kinkel, Kunkel, Kuenkel, Kenkel, Gunkle, Kunkle, Künkel, Kinkle, Künkler, Gunkler and many more.

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Early Notables of the Kenkel family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Kenkel family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kenkel family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Kenkel family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Herman Kinkel, who came to Maryland in 1720; Peter Kinkle, who came to New York in 1761; Fried Jacob Kinkler, who arrived in Texas in 1846; Heinrich Kinkel, who arrived in North America in 1847.

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