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

Knour Early Origins



The surname Knour 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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Knour Spelling Variations


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Knour Spelling Variations



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

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Knour Early History


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Knour Early History



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

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Knour Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knour Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable members of the surname Knour 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 Knour 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 or some of its variants were: Johann Georg Knorr, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1734. He was followed by Johannes Knorr, who came to Philadelphia in 1751; and Johann Michael Knorr (1786). Andreas Knorr came to Philadelphia in 1862.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Knour Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knour 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 21 June 2013 at 09:27.

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