April 6 was the birthday of Kunigunda Wirth in 1849. Her name can be found in both the Friedenberg and Longtown, Missouri church records. After seeing this name, we became curious about the name Kunigunda’s origin. The name appears to have roots in Germanic tribes in Europe, and the name means “brave warrior”. This also is exclusively a feminine name. One can only wonder how a name which means “brave warrior” could be assigned to a girl back in the 1800’s.
In perusing the church records around Perry County, Missouri, we only found this name showing up in the Friedenberg and Longtown churches. The name also appears with surnames such as Wirth, Fassold, and Amschler.
It seems every day brings new questions when we start digging into the records in the research library at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum.