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Knaack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Knaack 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. Knaack is a nickname surname, a style of name based on an eke-name, or added name, that described a characteristic of its original bearer. Knaack is a name for a young person or for a person who had a youthful appearance. The surname Knaack was originally derived from the German word "knappe," which means "young."

Early Origins of the Knaack family

The surname Knaack was 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.

Early History of the Knaack family

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Knaack Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Knaack include Knapp, Knap, Knappe, Knape, Knaap, Knaapp, Knapper, Knaper and many more.

Early Notables of the Knaack family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Knaack family to the New World and Oceana

The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Knaack, or one of its variants above:

Knaack Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elsa Knaack, aged 25, who landed in America from Hamburg, Germany, in 1913
  • Anna Knaack, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Bremen, Germany, in 1913
  • Albert Knaack, aged 46, who landed in America from Reinickendorf, Germany, in 1922
  • Anna Knaack, aged 45, who settled in America from Wustrow, Germany, in 1923
  • Ella Knaack, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Reinickendorf, Germany, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Knaack (post 1700)

  • Donald Knaack, American Grammy Award nominated percussionist
  • Ernst Knaack (1914-1944), German Communist and resistance fighter against the Nazi Germany régime

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