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The origins of the proud surname Kohl can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslovakia. In the Middle Ages, Bohemia was a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the Feudal System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Kohl family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The Kohl name derives from the Old German word "cholo," which meant "cabbage;" the surname was an occupational name for a person who grew or sold cabbages.

Kohl Early Origins



The surname Kohl was first found in Bohemia, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation. The literal meaning of this name is "cabbage" and thus "cabbage farmer," and is to be differentiated from the name Kohler or Koehler, which means "coal miner."

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Kohl Spelling Variations


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Kohl Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Kohl, Kohle, Koehl (Swabia), Koel, Kol, Koehll, Koehle, Khole and many more.

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Kohl Early History


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Kohl Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kohl research. Another 435 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1594, 1598, 1777, and 1816 are included under the topic Early Kohl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kohl Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kohl Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kohl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kohl Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Kohl, who left the Palatinate for England in 1709
  • Anna Barbara, Luis, Margaretha, and Nicolas Kohl all settled in South Carolina in 1732
  • Anna Barbara Kohl, aged 40, arrived in South Carolina in 1732
  • Jaquer Kohl, aged 5, arrived in South Carolina in 1732
  • Johann Georg Kohl, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kohl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jos Kohl, who arrived in Cincinnati, Oh in 1844
  • John Kohl, who landed in Maryland in 1847
  • Barbara Josephine Kohl, aged 31, landed in New York, NY in 1852
  • Carl Kohl, aged 24, arrived in New York, NY in 1852
  • Elis Kohl, aged 20, landed in America in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kohl Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Georg Kohl, who arrived in Quebec in 1852

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kohl (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kohl (post 1700)



  • Sheryl Davis Kohl (b. 1962), American politician
  • Maxwell Kohl, American businessman and founder of Kohl's, the American department store retail chain in 1946, growing to have over 40,000 employees,the second largest department store in the United States
  • Herbert H. "Herb" Kohl (b. 1935), American businessman and politician, United States Senator from Wisconsin (1989-2013)
  • Herbert Kohl (b. 1937), American educator and author of more than thirty books on education, founder of the Open School movement in the 1960s
  • William Kohl, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1940
  • Norman G. Kohl, American politician, Mayor of Coldwater, Michigan, 1930-32
  • Joan Kohl, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996
  • Herbert H. Kohl (b. 1935), American Democrat politician, Wisconsin Democratic State Chair, 1975-77; U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, 1989-; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • Harry Kohl, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1928
  • Charles A. Kohl, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 20th District, 1902
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Kohl Historic Events


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Kohl Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Grace Margaret Kohl (1895-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

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Suggested Readings for the name Kohl


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Suggested Readings for the name Kohl



  • Ordinary Americans: by Charles Evans Cole.

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Kohl Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    5. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    6. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    7. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    10. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    11. ...

    The Kohl Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kohl Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 29 December 2016 at 17:56.

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