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Knapp Family History

Knapp Name Meaning
German: occupational name or status name from the German word Knapp(e), a variant of Knabe ‘young unmarried man’. In the 15th century this spelling acquired the separate, specialized meanings ‘servant’, ‘apprentice’, or ‘miner’.German: in Franconia, a nickname for a dexterous or skillful person.English: topographic name for someone who lived by a hillock, Middle English knappe, Old English cnæpp, or habitational name from any of the several minor places named with the word, in particular Knapp in Hampshire and Knepp in Sussex.German and western Slavic: variant of Knabe.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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341,564 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
53,477 Military Records
23,277 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Knapp Families

  • Number of Knapp families
     796 - 1,590
     266 - 795
     1 - 265
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Knapp families
     273 - 544
     92 - 272
     1 - 91
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Knapp families
     6 - 10
     3 - 5
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Knapp Family Origin

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Knapp Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Knapp

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Knapp Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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