Knapper Family History

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Knapper Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a hillock (see Knapp), or habitational name for someone from a place named with this word. English: possibly a variant spelling of Napper, a variant of Napier. German (also Knäpper): habitational name from either of two places in Westphalia named Knapp. German (Knäpper): unflattering nickname from an agent derivative of knappen ‘to be stingy’ or, in some places, ‘to grab or snatch’.

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

Similar surnames: Napper, Knapp, Klapper, Kapper, Clapper, Knepper, Kappler, Klepper

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Knapper Family Origin

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Knapper Family Occupations

What did your Knapper ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Knapper occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Knapper's were Farmers. Farmer, Blacksmith and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Knapper. A less common occupation for the Knapper family was Machinist.

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  • Farmer

  • Blacksmith

  • Laborer

  • Machinist


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Knapper ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Knapper Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Knapper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knapper 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 713 immigration records available for the last name Knapper. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Knapper. For the veterans among your Knapper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Knapper Life Expectancy

What is the average Knapper lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Knapper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Knapper in 1953 was 43, and 86 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Knapper 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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