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Where did the German Knab family come from? What is the German Knab family crest and coat of arms? When did the Knab family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Knab family history?The name Knab comes from the German province known as the Rhineland. In pre-medieval times, the German people used only one name, but as the population increased, hereditary surnames became necessary for people to maintain unique identities. Knab is a nickname surname, a style of name based on an eke-name, or added name, that described a characteristic of its original bearer. Knab is a name for a young person or for a person who had a youthful appearance. The surname Knab was originally derived from the German word "knappe," which means "young."
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Knab include Knapp, Knap, Knappe, Knape, Knaap, Knaapp, Knapper, Knaper and many more.
First found in the Rhineland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knab research. Another 251 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1777, 1798, and 1842 are included under the topic Early Knab History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 32 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knab Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Knab were among of the early German families that came to North America:
Knab Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Knab Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Knab Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knab 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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