Show ContentsKunde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kunde is an abbreviated form of the name Konrad, inheriting the same meaning "bold adviser", or being "crafty." In Yiddish, the word is associated with a "clever trick."

Konrad is derived from the Middle High German word Kuonrat, popularly used in the Middle Ages and today is seen n the common idiom "Hinz and Kunz," meaning "absolutely everyone." [1]

Early Origins of the Kunde family

The surname Kunde was first found in Bohemia and Silesia, where the name was an integral part of the feudal society which would shape modern European history. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Cuntz der Kuentzel of Kempten (West of Frankfurt) who lived around 1382, and Cuncze von Cracow who lived in Liegnitz, Silesia in 1388. [1]

Early History of the Kunde family

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Kunde Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kunze, Kunz, Kunzel, Kuenz, Kuenze, Kuenzel, Cuntz, Kuntz, Kuntze, Kuntzel, Kuentz, Kunts, Kundt, Kuent, Kunth, Kunt, Kuhnt, Kuehnt, Kuntse, Kuntsel, Kunstler, Kuents, Kuentse, Cuncze and many more.

Early Notables of the Kunde family (pre 1700)

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United States Kunde migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kunde Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Kunde, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1850 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kunde (post 1700) +

  • Virgil G. Kunde, American scientist with NASA
  • Anne Kunde (1895-1960), American actress
  • Gregory Kunde (b. 1954), American operatic tenor
  • Karl-Heinz Kunde (1938-2018), German racing cyclist

  1. Bahlow, Hans, Dictionary of German Names. translated by Edda Gentry, Wisconsin: The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7)
  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) on Facebook