Knapp Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Napp, Knopp, Kapp, Knipp, Knabe, Kamp, Kopp, Trapp, Karp, Clapp

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Knapp Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Knapp name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Knapp. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Knapp Family Origin

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Knapp Family Occupations

What did your Knapp ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Knapp family was Carpenter. The most common Knapp occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Knapp's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Knapp.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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Knapp Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 288,000 census records available for the last name Knapp. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knapp census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Knapp. 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 56,000 military records available for the last name Knapp. For the veterans among your Knapp ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Knapp Life Expectancy

What is the average Knapp lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Knapp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Knapp in 1942 was 49, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Knapp ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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