The surname Knoerr 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 Knoerr was a name for a hunchback. The distinguished name Knoerr is derived from the German word "knorre," which means "lump" or "outgrowth."
Early Origins of the Knoerr family
The surname Knoerr 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 Knoerr family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knoerr 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 Knoerr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Knoerr Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Knor, Knorre, Knore, Knoarr, Knoare and others.
Early Notables of the Knoerr family (pre 1700)
Notable members of the surname Knoerr 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 Knoerr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knoerr 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.