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Where did the German Knauss family come from? What is the German Knauss family crest and coat of arms? When did the Knauss family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Knauss family history?

There are two distinct origins for the distinguished surname Knauss. Firstly, the name may have emerged in Bavaria, derived from the Middle High German word "knuss," meaning "bold, arrogant." Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Swabian word "Knaus," meaning "crust;" in this instance, the name would have been originally borne by a crude, tough person.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Knauss, Knaus, Knäussle, Knaust, Knauser, Knausle and many more.

First found in the area of Waiblingen. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was der Knus, who lived in the nearby town of Offingen in 1350. The young Knauss family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval Bavarian society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knauss research. Another 224 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1380, 1381, 1621, 1724, and 1789 are included under the topic Early Knauss History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knauss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Knauss Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Anthon Knauss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Johan Henrich Knauss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Johannes Knauss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Christian Fried Knauss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • John Knauss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753


Knauss Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Knauss, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1857

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  • Harold Paul Knauss (b. 1900), American physicist and author
  • Sarah DeRemer Knauss (1880-1999), American supercentenarian considered the world's oldest living person by Guinness World Records
  • Frieder Knauss (b. 1922), well-known German artist
  • Melania Knauss (b. 1974), Slovenian fashion model, married to business tycoon Donald Trump


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The Knauss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knauss 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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