Kinkel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kinkel 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 Kinkel family

The surname Kinkel 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.

Early History of the Kinkel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinkel research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1630, 1638, 1693, 1703, 1751, and 1813 are included under the topic Early Kinkel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kinkel Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Kinkel family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kinkel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kinkel migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kinkel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Herman Kinkel, who settled in Maryland in 1720
Kinkel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Heinrich Kinkel, who arrived in North America in 1847
  • August Kinkel, who settled in New York in 1852
  • Henry Kinkel, who arrived in Dallas Co. TX in 1887

Contemporary Notables of the name Kinkel (post 1700)

  • Dr. Klaus Kinkel (b. 1936), German politician, who was a foreign minister (1992-98) and vice chancellor of Germany
  • Johann Gottfried Kinkel (1815-1882), German poet
  • Johanna Kinkel (1810-1858), German composer, writer, and revolutionary
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