Knoop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Knoop is derived from "Knoop," the name of a town in the northern region of Schleswig-Holstein. This place name can be literally translated as "hilly land." Alternatively, the name may be a Low German variation of "Knopf," a surname that developed from a nickname meaning "short, chubby fellow."

Early Origins of the Knoop family

The surname Knoop was first found in Schleswig-Holstein, where the name is thought to have originated. It was a common practice of the time to refer to a new resident of a city by the name of his hometown; thus, it is likely that the progenitor of the name Knoop was a native of Knoop who had settled in another city. The young Knoop family played a major role in the early history of the region, and contributed greatly to the development of the medieval society of Schleswig-Holstein.

Early History of the Knoop family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knoop research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1319, 1368, 1399, 1420, 1679, 1828, 1861, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Knoop History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Knoop Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Knoop, Knop, Knüp, Knopf and others.

Early Notables of the Knoop family (pre 1700)

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United States Knoop migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Knoop Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Knoop, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
Knoop Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christopher Knoop, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828 [1]
  • Joh Heinr Knoop, who landed in America in 1844 [1]
  • Julius Knoop, who arrived in America in 1867 [1]
  • Anna Knoop, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Chas. Knoop, aged 25, who immigrated to America from Breddorf, Germ., in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Knoop Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emma Knoop, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States from Dortmund, Germany, in 1909
  • Carl Knoop, aged 25, who landed in America from Berlin, Germany, in 1910
  • Antonie Knoop, aged 63, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Friedrich Knoop, aged 22, who settled in America from Hamburg, Germany, in 1911
  • Georg Knoop, aged 17, who landed in America from Hamburg, Germany, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Knoop (post 1700) +

  • William Knoop, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Dresden, 1874; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul in Dresden, 1884; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul General in Dresden, 1897 [2]
  • Werner Caldwell Knoop, American politician, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, 1957-62 [2]
  • Franz Knoop (1875-1946), prominent German biochemist
  • Mark Knoop (b. 1972), Australian pianist
  • Annelies Knoop (b. 1954), famous Dutch ballerina and actress


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


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