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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."

Knerr Early Origins



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.

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Knerr Spelling Variations


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Knerr Spelling Variations



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

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Knerr Early History


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Knerr Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Knerr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knerr Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable members of the surname Knerr in this period were Christian Knorr von Rosenroth (1636-1689), an alchemist who wrote religious poems, one of which is still well known today. Iwan Knorr (1853-1916)...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knerr 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



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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Contemporary Notables of the name Knerr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Knerr (post 1700)



  • 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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    2. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    3. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. 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).
    9. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    11. ...

    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.

    This page was last modified on 6 October 2015 at 14:42.

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