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The history of the Knoff family dates back to the 12th century, when hereditary surnames first began to be used in Germany. The name Knoff comes from Bavaria, and is derived from the Old German word "Knopf," meaning "button"; thus, it is a name for a maker of buttons, usually of horn.

Knoff Early Origins



The surname Knoff was first found in Bavaria, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Ancient chronicles first mention the knight Johann Knop of Thuringia in 1368, Michel Knoepfle of Ravensburg in 1476, and Knoepfelman of Speyer in 1334.

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Knoff Spelling Variations


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Knoff Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Knoff include Knopfler, Knopf, Knopfle, Knoepfel, Knoepfle, Knoepfli, Knoepfler, Knoff, Knof, Knofler, Knoffler, Knopfer, Knop, Knopler, Knauff, Knauffer, Knauffel and many more.

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Knoff Early History


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Knoff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knoff research. Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1728, 1769, 1842, 1874, and 1895 are included under the topic Early Knoff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Knoff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knoff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knoff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Knoff or a variant listed above:

Knoff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Herman Knoff, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Bergen, Norway, in 1908
  • Conrad Knoff, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States from Lindenscheid, Germany, in 1909
  • Emil Knoff, aged 9, who landed in America from Lindenscheid, Germany, in 1909
  • Ferdinand Knoff, aged 25, who landed in America from Dembe, Russia, in 1910
  • Emma Knoff, aged 22, who settled in America from Stuttgart, Germany, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Knoff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Knoff (post 1700)



  • Kurt L. Knoff (b. 1954), former American NFL football safety

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
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    The Knoff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knoff Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 22 May 2012 at 09:20.

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