Knabe Family History

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Knabe Name Meaning

German: status name for a young man or a page, from Middle High German knabe. In aristocratic circles this term denoted a page or squire (a youth destined to become a knight), while among artisans it referred to a journeyman’s assistant or (as a short form of Lehrknabe) ‘apprentice’. In the 15th century a semantic split between Knabe and its variants Knape, Knapp(e) resulted in Knabe meaning ‘boy’ and Knapp(e) ‘servant’, ‘apprentice’, and ‘miner’ in modern German.

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

Similar surnames: Knapp, Knable, Kase, Kibbe, Naber, Knabb, Nave, Kade, Knebel, Babe

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Knabe Family Origin

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Knabe Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Knabe family was Cabinet Maker. The most common Knabe occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Knabe's were Farmers. Farmer, Carpenter and Retail Grocer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Knabe.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Retail Grocer

  • Cabinet Maker


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Knabe Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Knabe. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Knabe. For the veterans among your Knabe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Knabe Life Expectancy

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Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Knabe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Knabe in 1958 was 55, and 84 in 2004.

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