Knecht Family History

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Knecht Name Meaning

German and Swiss German: occupational name for a journeyman, from Middle High German kneht, Middle Low German knecht ‘knight’s assistant’, ‘lad’, ‘servant’, ‘hired hand’, ‘apprentice’, ‘helper’.

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

Similar surnames: Hecht, Luecht, Nacht, Recht, Knight, Krech, Kracht, Knoche, Pech

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Knecht Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Knecht name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Knecht. 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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Knecht Family Origin

Where is the Knecht family from?

Knecht Family Occupations

What did your Knecht ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Knecht. The most common Knecht occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Knecht's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Knecht family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Knecht Historical Records

What Knecht family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Knecht. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knecht 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Knecht. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Knecht. For the veterans among your Knecht ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Knecht Life Expectancy

What is the average Knecht lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Knecht life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Knecht in 1946 was 49, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Knecht

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Knecht 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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