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

Knaapp Early Origins



The surname Knaapp 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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Knaapp Spelling Variations


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Knaapp 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 Knaapp include Knapp, Knap, Knappe, Knape, Knaap, Knaapp, Knapper, Knaper and many more.

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Knaapp Early History


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Knaapp Early History



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

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Knaapp Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knaapp Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knaapp 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 Knaapp, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early: Michael Knap, who came to Philadelphia in 1738; as did Jacob Knapp in 1753 and Thomas Knap in 1813. Gottfried Knaper arrived in 1753; while Philip Henrich Knapp came in 1771.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    3. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    7. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Knaapp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knaapp 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 25 August 2014 at 16:22.

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