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Knauer Name Meaning

(Silesian) nickname for a gnarled person, from Middle High German knur(e) ‘knot’, ‘gnarl’. habitational name for someone from either of two places in Thuringia called Knau.

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


Similar surnames: Klauer, Kauer, Nauer, Lauer, Gauer, Hanauer, Kacer, Naber, Bauer

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Where is the Knauer family from?

You can see how Knauer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Knauer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Knauer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Knauer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 93% of all the recorded Knauer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Knauer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Knauer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Knauer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Knauer. 14% of Knauer men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Knauer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Knauer were Clerk and Saleswoman.

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*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

  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    13%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Saleswoman
    8%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Knauer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knauer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Knauer. 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 Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Knauer. For the veterans among your Knauer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Knauer lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Knauer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Knauer in 1957 was 50, and 70 in 2004.

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