The name Knaper 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. Knaper is a nickname
surname, a style of name based on an eke-name, or added name, that described a characteristic of its original bearer. Knaper is a name for a young person or for a person who had a youthful appearance. The surname Knaper was originally derived from the German word "knappe," which means "young."
Early Origins of the Knaper family
The surname Knaper 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 Knaper family
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Knaper 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 Knaper include Knapp, Knap, Knappe, Knape, Knaap, Knaapp, Knapper, Knaper and many more.
Early Notables of the Knaper family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Knaper 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 Knaper, or one of its variants above:
Knaper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Gottfried Knaper, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753
- Gotfried Knaper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)