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The surname Knier 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 Knier was a name for a hunchback. The distinguished name Knier is derived from the German word "knorre," which means "lump" or "outgrowth."

Knier Early Origins



The surname Knier 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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Knier Spelling Variations


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Knier Spelling Variations



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

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Knier Early History


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Knier Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knier 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 Knier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Knier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knier Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable members of the surname Knier 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 Knier 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:

Knier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abram Knier, aged 24, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741

Knier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Giovanni Knier, aged 28, who landed in America from Sersser, in 1902
  • Susanna Knier, aged 38, who settled in America from Pichnys, in 1904
  • Andrzey Knier, aged 8, who landed in America from Pichnys, in 1904
  • E. H. Knier, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    11. ...

    The Knier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knier 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 7 December 2013 at 23:56.

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