Knaus Family History

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Knaus Name Meaning

from Middle High German knuz ‘proud’, ‘arrogant’, ‘daring’, hence a nickname for a haughty person. in Württemberg knaus (and in Switzerland knus) also meant ‘gnarl’, hence a nickname for a short, fat, gnarled person. topographic name for someone living on a hillock, from knaus ‘hillock’ in the Swabian and Alemannic dialects of German.

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

Similar surnames: Kraus, Knauf, Knaup, Knapp, Krans, Kau, Kus, Haus, Krass, Krause

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Knaus Family Origin

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Knaus Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Knaus occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Knaus's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Knaus. A less common occupation for the Knaus family was Cooper.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Cooper


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Knaus Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Knaus. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knaus 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Knaus. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Knaus. For the veterans among your Knaus ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Knaus Life Expectancy

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Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Knaus life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Knaus in 1951 was 46, and 77 in 2004.

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