Knipe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Knipe come from when the family resided on the peak of a hill or highland. The surname Knipe is primarily familiar in the regions of Lancashire and Westmorland.

Early Origins of the Knipe family

The surname Knipe was first found in North Lancashire, in the Cartmel parish where much of the surname died out very early and moved to surrounding districts. [1]

Early History of the Knipe family

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Knipe Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Knipe has been recorded under many different variations, including Knipe, Knype, Knypp and others.

Early Notables of the Knipe family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Elizabeth Knepp or Knipp (died 1681), a British actress, singer, and dancer; she became the first woman to perform the title role in Jonson's Epicoene in 1664 and mentioned numerous...
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Knipe Ranking

In the United States, the name Knipe is the 17,280th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Knipe family to Ireland

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United States Knipe migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Knipe or a variant listed above:

Knipe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Knipe, who landed in Maryland in 1637 [3]
  • Samuel Knipe to America in 1699
Knipe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Knipe to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Christian Knipe, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749 [3]
  • Johannes Knipe, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [3]
  • John Knipe, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [3]
Knipe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Land Knipe, who arrived in Virginia in 1811 [3]
  • Oscar Knipe to Pennsylvania in 1851
  • G. J. Knipe to San Francisco in 1860
  • Sebastian Knipe, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [3]

Australia Knipe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Knipe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Dixon Knipe, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian" [4]
  • Dixon Knipe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [4]
  • Nancy Knipe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [4]
  • Jmes F Knipe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850 [5]

West Indies Knipe migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Knipe Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Samuel Knipe, who sailed to St. Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635
  • Samuell Knipe, aged 23, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [3]
  • Mr. Samuel Knipe, (b. 1612), aged 23, British settler traveling aboard the ship "William and John" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Knipe (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Farmer Knipe (1823-1901), Brigadier General in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • G. S. Knipe, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 22nd District, 1891-92 [8]
  • F. M. Knipe, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Montgomery County, 1875-78 [8]
  • Ernest R. Knipe, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Massachusetts Governor's Council 8th District, 1904 [8]
  • Alden Arthur Knipe (1870-1950), American sixth head football coach at the University of Iowa
  • Victor Humphry Knipe (b. 1941), South African sociology and history author, winner of the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Award for "Best Historical Fiction"

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA QUEEN 1850. Retrieved
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  7. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 4th 2021, retrieved from
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook