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The surname Knorr 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 Knorr was a name for a hunchback. The distinguished name Knorr is derived from the German word "knorre," which means "lump" or "outgrowth."

Knorr Early Origins



The surname Knorr 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.

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Knorr Spelling Variations


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Knorr Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Knor, Knorre, Knore, Knoarr, Knoare and others.

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Knorr Early History


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Knorr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knorr 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 Knorr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Knorr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knorr Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable members of the surname Knorr 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 Knorr 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Knorr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Georg Knorr, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Johannes Knorr, who came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Peter Knorr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Melchior Knorr, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Johann Michael Knorr, who landed in America in 1783
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Knorr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Geo Jacob Knorr, who landed in Maryland in 1830
  • Christian Frdrk Knorr, aged 34, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Emilie Knorr, aged 9, landed in America in 1843
  • Ludwig Knorr, who landed in North America in 1850
  • Friedrich Knorr, who arrived in Brazil in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Knorr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Knorr (post 1700)



  • Martin J. Knorr, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 15th District, 1966, 1969-88; defeated, 1954 (7th District), 1966 (12th District)
  • John P. Knorr, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • John Knorr, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1956
  • Joan Knorr, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1988
  • Herman Knorr, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Fraser, Michigan, 1871
  • Gene Knorr, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1982
  • Wilbur Knorr (1945-1997), American historian of mathematics and professor at Stanford University
  • Randy Knorr (b. 1968), American Major League Baseball bench coach for the Washington Nationals
  • Nathan Homer Knorr (1905-1977), American third president of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society
  • Micah Knorr (b. 1975), American NFL football player who played from 2000 to 2005
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Knorr Historic Events


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Knorr Historic Events




Hindenburg LZ-129

  • Mr. Ludwig Knorr (1891-1937), German Chief Rigger from Kohren-Sahlis, Germany, who worked on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and died in the Airship Fire on May 6, 1937

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    4. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Knorr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knorr 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 14 December 2015 at 09:14.

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