Knipp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Knipp name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived on the peak of a hill or highland. The surname Knipp is primarily familiar in the regions of Lancashire and Westmorland.

Early Origins of the Knipp family

The surname Knipp 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]

Important Dates for the Knipp family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knipp research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1601, 1661, 1698, 1681, 1664, 1638 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Knipp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Knipp Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Knipp were recorded, including Knipe, Knype, Knypp and others.

Early Notables of the Knipp 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...
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knipp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Knipp family to Ireland

Some of the Knipp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Knipp migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Knipp family emigrate to North America:

Knipp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Gilbert Ignatius Knipp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [2]
Knipp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christian Knipp, aged 42, who landed in America in 1881 [2]
  • Elisabeth Knipp, aged 30, who arrived in America in 1881 [2]
  • Johann Knipp, aged 26, who landed in America in 1881 [2]
  • Heinrich Knipp, aged 22, who arrived in America in 1882 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Knipp (post 1700)

  • Russell Lowell Knipp (1942-2006), American two-time Olympian weightlifter
  • Chuck Knipp (b. 1961), American and Canadian (dual citizenship) drag queen and comedian
  • F. Charles Knipp, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 9th District, 2000 [3]
  • Charles H. Knipp, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chemung County, 1900-02 [3]

Citations

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