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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."

Early Origins of the Knorr family

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.

Early History of the Knorr family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knorr research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1535, 1600, 1636, 1681, 1689, 1726, 1728, 1803, 1830, 1853, 1859, 1888, 1889, 1916 and 1921 are included under the topic Early Knorr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Knorr Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Knorr family

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) was a German composer and teacher of the group of English composers known as the "Frankfurt Group...

Knorr Ranking

In the United States, the name Knorr is the 9,674th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Knorr migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Knorr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Georg Knorr, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Johannes Knorr, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Peter Knorr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 [2]
  • Melchior Knorr, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [2]
  • Johann Michael Knorr, who landed in America in 1783 [2]
  • ... (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 [2]
  • Christian Frdrk Knorr, aged 34, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [2]
  • Emilie Knorr, aged 9, who landed in America in 1843 [2]
  • Ludwig Knorr, who landed in North America in 1850 [2]
  • Friedrich Knorr, who arrived in Brazil in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Knorr (post 1700) +

  • Carl Heinrich Knorr (1800-1875), founder of Knorr, a German food and beverage brand in Germany in 1885
  • 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
  • John C. "Johnny" Knorr (1921-2011), American musician/Big Band Leader
  • Fred Knorr (b. 1960), American radio executive and part-owner of the Detroit Tigers
  • Brian Knorr (b. 1963), American college football coach
  • John Knorr, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1956 [3]
  • Joan Knorr, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1988 [3]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [4]

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