History of your Surname
Get access to Knapp family records.Start a free trial

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


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

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Knapp family from?

You can see how Knapp families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Knapp family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Knapp families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 575 Knapp families living in New York. This was about 49% of all the recorded Knapp's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Knapp families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Knapp surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Knapp ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Knapp. 13% of Knapp men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Knapp women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Knapp were Clerk and Housekeeper.

View Census data for Knapp | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    13%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Knapp family records will you find?

Census Records

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.

Search US census records for Knapp

Passenger Lists

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.

View all Knapp immigration records

Draft Cards

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.

View all Knapp military records

You've only scratched the surface of Knapp family history.

Discover More

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Knapp

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Knapp family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial