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The Kunkle 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.

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

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

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kunkle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Peter Kunkle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Kunkle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Henry Kunkle, aged 33, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Philip Kunkle, who arrived in Ohio in 1854
  • Georg Kunkle, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1893

Kunkle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mary Kunkle, aged 8, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Ambrose Kunkle, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Ambrose A. Kunkle, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1916
  • Nora F Kunkle, aged 31, who emigrated to America, in 1918
  • Paul Anthony Kunkle, aged 3, who landed in America, in 1918


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  • Fredrick Kunkle, American journalist and reporter for the Washington Post


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  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Kunkle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kunkle 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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