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The surname Knutson was first found in Hamburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. Knudsen is also connected to several place names in the Holstein region.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Knudsen, Knotzen, Knotzer, Knodsen, Kneutzel, Knüsen, Knuytsen, Knuthzen, Knetzen, Knudson, Nudson and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knutson research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1461, 1504, 1734, and 1743 are included under the topic Early Knutson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Knutson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Knutson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Brita Haldorsdtr Knutson, who came to Wisconsin in 1854

  • Brian Knutson, American Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Stanford University
  • Dagny Knutson (b. 1992), American gold and silver medalist swimmer
  • Steve Knutson (b. 1951), American NFL football player who played two seasons with the Green Bay Packers
  • Cornelia Genevive Gjesdal "Coya" Knutson (1912-1996), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota (1955-1959)
  • Oscar R. Knutson (1899-1981), American lawyer and judge from Minnesota
  • Harold Knutson (1880-1953), Norwegian-born, American politician and journalist
  • Venke Knutson (b. 1978), Norwegian top-ten singer
  • Thomas Garfield "Gar" Knutson PC (b. 1956), Canadian politician, Secretary of State for Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East (2002-2003), Minister of State for New and Emerging Markets (2003-2004), Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (1998-2000)
  • Elmer Stanley Knutson (1914-2001), Canadian businessman, activist and fringe politician, a strong supporter of creating an independent western Canada

  • Paternal Grandfather's Norwegian Genealogy by Helen Grace Knutson Farvour.

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    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Knutson Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Knutson 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 1 April 2016 at 07:59.

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