Knepper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Knepper family

The surname Knepper was first found in Belgium and Luxemburg, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Luxemburg, a Grand Duchy of Erope and a province of Belgium. The House of Luxemburg is descended from Count Conrad who died 1086. Towns of the area include Viesalm, Herbeumont, Bertrix, Marche and Bastogne. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Knepper family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knepper research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1712, 1638, 1698, 1693 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Knepper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Knepper Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Knepper, Kneppers, Kneper, Knepers, Knepperes, Kneppere, Knepperr, Kneepper, Knepere and many more.

Early Notables of the Knepper family (pre 1700)

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United States Knepper migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Knepper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Wilhelmus Knepper who settled in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Wilhelmus Knepper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [1]
  • Peter Knepper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Conrad Knepper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
Knepper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Knepper, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 [1]
  • Frank Knepper, who landed in Illinois in 1880 [1]
  • Phillip Knepper, who landed in Illinois in 1880 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Knepper (post 1700) +

  • Paul H. Knepper, American aircraft engineer and builder of the Ka-1 Crusader before the second world war
  • James Knepper (b. 1932), American politician, former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Bob Knepper (b. 1954), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Arnold A. "Arnie" Knepper (1930-1992), American racecar driver
  • Robert Knepper (b. 1959), American actor, best known for starring as Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell in the television series Prison Break
  • James M "Jimmy" Knepper (1927-2003), American jazz trombonist
  • James W. Knepper Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Auditor general, 1980 [2]
  • Harry J. Knepper, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1916, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936 [2]
  • Amos W. Knepper (b. 1841), American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Somerset County, 1907-09 [2]
  • Émile Knepper (1892-1912), Luxembourg gymnast who competed at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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