The surname Knegt was first found in Austria where they held a family seat. The family name emerged in the region lending their influence to the development from early tribal conflicts to a nation which would eventually become an integral part of the Habsburg Empire.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Michael Knecht, who emigrated to London, England, in 1709 with his wife and four daughters; Johan Jacob Knecht, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1729; Georg Peter Knecht, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1732.