The surname Knir 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 Knir was a name for a hunchback. The distinguished name Knir is derived from the German word "knorre," which means "lump" or "outgrowth."
Early Origins of the Knir family
The surname Knir 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.
Early History of the Knir family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knir 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 Knir History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Knir Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Knor, Knorre, Knore, Knoarr, Knoare and others.
Early Notables of the Knir family (pre 1700)
Notable members of the surname Knir 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 Knir Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knir family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Georg Knorr, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1734. He was followed by Johannes Knorr, who came to Philadelphia in 1751; and Johann Michael Knorr (1786). Andreas Knorr came to Philadelphia in 1862.