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The Kunkel 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.

Kunkel Early Origins



The surname Kunkel 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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Kunkel Spelling Variations


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Kunkel 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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Kunkel Early History


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Kunkel Early History



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

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Kunkel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kunkel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kunkel 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:

Kunkel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Kunkel arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Hans Kunkel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Hans Adam Kunkel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Lorentz Kunkel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Peter Kunkel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kunkel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Kunkel landed in Philadelphia in 1849
  • Ludwig Kunkel arrived in New York with his wife in 1850
  • Bonifaz Kunkel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Lisette Kunkel, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Ludwig Kunkel, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kunkel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kunkel (post 1700)



  • Jeff Kunkel, American cameraman, best known for his work on Iron Man (2008)
  • Jeff Kunkel (b. 1962), American Major League Baseball player
  • John Christian Kunkel (1816-1870), American Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • George Kunkel (1866-1937), American actor of the 1920s
  • Thor Kunkel (b. 1963), German author
  • John C. Kunkel (1898-1970), US Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • Bill Kunkel, Major League Baseball pitcher and umpire

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    8. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    11. ...

    The Kunkel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kunkel 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 26 November 2013 at 10:22.

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