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The history of the Knop family dates back to the 12th century, when hereditary surnames first began to be used in Germany. The name Knop 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.

Knop Early Origins



The surname Knop 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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Knop Spelling Variations


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Knop Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Knop 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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Knop Early History


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Knop Early History



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

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Knop Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knop Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knop 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 Knop or a variant listed above:

Knop Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Katrena Knop, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Ann Knop, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • George Knop, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Henry Knop, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Katrena Knop, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Knop Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Knop, aged 21, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Charley Knop, aged 33, who settled in America, in 1894

Knop Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Auguste Knop, aged 43, who emigrated to the United States from Costin, Germany, in 1907
  • Bertha Knop, aged 36, who landed in America from Dargerose, Germany, in 1908
  • Alexandea Knop, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Sirnheim, Germany, in 1910
  • Anna Knop, aged 17, who emigrated to America from Zegestow, Austria, in 1914
  • Alme Knop, aged 24, who landed in America from Osnabruck, Germany, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Knop (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Knop (post 1700)



  • Louis Knop Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1940, 1948
  • Allen Knop, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1996
  • Robert Oscar Knop (1896-1952), American football player
  • Wilhelm Knop (1817-1891), German agrochemist
  • Guenter Knop (b. 1954), German photographer
  • Ian Knop AM, Australian businessman and Chairman and Managing Director of Profile Ray & Berndtson

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    6. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    8. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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    The Knop Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knop 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 6 October 2015 at 13:52.

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