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The surname Knerr is a name that originated in Thuringia, which is located between Hessen and Lower Saxony in the west and Saxony in the east. By and large, hereditary surname were formed in Germany when areas of Thuringia, and most of the German states, were a part of the Holy Roman Empire. At this time, as the population of Europe swelled and travel became easier, people began to encounter others sharing their own name and they avoided confusion by adopting a second name. A common form of surname found in Thuringia are those that are derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Knerr was a name for a hunchback. The distinguished name Knerr is derived from the German word "knorre," which means "lump" or "outgrowth."

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The surname Knerr was first found in Thuringia, where the name could be considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the local and national conflicts in which groups sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Knor, Knorre, Knore, Knoarr, Knoare and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knerr research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1726, 1803, 1728, 1830, 1535, 1681, 1636, 1689, 1853, 1916, 1859, 1921, 1888 and 1889 are included under the topic Early Knerr History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knerr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Knerr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Knerr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Heinrich Jacob Knerr, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Henrich Jacob Knerr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Henry Knerr, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Georg Knerr, who arrived in America in 1774

Knerr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Gottfried Knerr, who landed in New York, NY in 1852
  • Louise Knerr, aged 3, landed in New York, NY in 1852

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  • William M. Knerr, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Utah at-large, 1912
  • Edwin J. Knerr, American Democrat politician, Member of Rhode Island State Senate from Hopkinton, 1911
  • Major-General Hugh Johnston Knerr (1887-1971), American Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. (1949)


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The Knerr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knerr 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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