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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.


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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.

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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

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  • 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


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  • Paternal Grandfather's Norwegian Genealogy by Helen Grace Knutson Farvour.
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  1. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  4. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  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. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
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The Knutson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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.

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