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Kunder is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kunder family lived in Kinder, Derbyshire. The surname of Kinder was a local name which means of Kinder, a hamlet in the parish of Glossop, Derbyshire, near Chapel-en-le-Frith.
The surname Kunder was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kinder, a small hamlet originally called Chendre before the taking of the Domesday Book census, a survey initiated by Duke William of Normandy in 1086 after his defeat of the English at Hastings in 1066. Kinder is a hamlet near the Kinder Scout, the highest and best known mountain in the Peak District of Derbyshire, and is often called 'The Peak'. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book,  the hamlet of Kinder was "King's Land."
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Kunder are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Kunder include Kinder, Kynder, Chinder, Chendre, Kender, Kyender and others.
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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Kunder, or a variant listed above: Bastian Kender who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1752; Anna Eva Kendar who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1763; Caspar and George Kinder settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738.
The Kunder Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kunder 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.
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