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

Knaap Early Origins



The surname Knaap 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.

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Knaap Spelling Variations


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Knaap Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Knaap include Knapp, Knap, Knappe, Knape, Knaap, Knaapp, Knapper, Knaper and many more.

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Knaap Early History


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Knaap Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knaap research. Another 337 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1777, 1798, 1842 and 1926 are included under the topic Early Knaap History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Knaap Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knaap Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knaap Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Knaap, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Knaap Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hance Goerge Knaap, aged 43, landed in Pennsylvania in 1736

Knaap Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jakoba Knaap, aged 42, arrived in New York, NY in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Knaap (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Knaap (post 1700)



  • Isaac S. Knaap, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Fairfield; elected 1908, 1918

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    2. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    7. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Knaap Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knaap 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.

    This page was last modified on 6 October 2015 at 11:13.

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