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

Knabe Early Origins



The surname Knabe 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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Knabe Spelling Variations


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

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Knabe Early History


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Knabe Early History



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

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Knabe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knabe Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Knabe, or one of its variants above:

Knabe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Knabe, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Hans Michael Knabe, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Friederich Henrich Knabe, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Johannes Knabe, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Gottlieb Knabe, who landed in America in 1780

Knabe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Friedrich Knabe, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Friedrich Anton Knabe, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Christian Knabe, who landed in New Jersey in 1854
  • Johann Georg Ferdinand Knabe, who landed in America in 1854
  • Johanne Christiane Knabe, who arrived in America in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Knabe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • August Christian Knabe, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Steinwaerder"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Knabe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Knabe (post 1700)



  • Don Knabe (b. 1944), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2004

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    3. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    8. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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    The Knabe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knabe 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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