Knittel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Knittel is derived from the Middle High German "knüttel," meaning "short, thick cudgel." Accordingly, Knittel is an occupational name or a trade name for someone who made clubs for war.

Early Origins of the Knittel family

The surname Knittel was first found in the northern part of Swabia, where it is thought to have originated. The nickname origins of the name make it likely that several different branches of the Knittel family emerged independently during the Middle Ages. The young Knittel family played an important role in the early history of the region, and contributed greatly to the development of medieval Swabian society.

Early History of the Knittel family

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Knittel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Knuttel, Knüttel, Knuettel, Knutel, Knittel, Knettel and many more.

Early Notables of the Knittel family (pre 1700)

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United States Knittel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Knittel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Knittel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
Knittel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hermann Knittel, aged 20, who landed in New York, NY in 1860 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Knittel (post 1700) +

  • Eric Knittel (b. 1983), German rower
  • Bastian Knittel (b. 1983), German tennis player
  • Franz Anton Knittel (1721-1792), German, Lutheran orthodox theologian, priest, and palaeographer
  • Gustav Knittel (1914-1976), German SS-Sturmbannführer (Major) in the 1st SS Division Leibstandarte
  • Emil Knittel, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 50 aerial victories
  • Krzysztof Knittel (b. 1947), Polish composer of symphonic, chamber, stage and electroacoustic works
  • Herman Emanuel "John" Knittel (1891-1970), Swiss prominent author

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook