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Knepshield Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Knippschild, a nickname for a brave fighter, from Low German knippen ‘to shoot’, ‘flick’ + schild ‘shield’, or for a tavern owner or a beer drinker, from the same word denoting a light beer (Weissbier ‘wheat beer’).

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


Similar surnames: Deshields, Ketchie, Mansfield, Koepsel, Shield, Keppel, Kuehnel

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Where is the Knepshield family from?

You can see how Knepshield families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Knepshield family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Knepshield families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 60 Knepshield families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Knepshield's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Knepshield families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Knepshield surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Knepshield ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Carton Dept were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Knepshield. 59% of Knepshield men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Knepshield women worked as a Carton Dept. Some less common occupations for Americans named Knepshield were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    59%
  • Catcher
    18%
  • Farm Laborer
    12%
  • Truck Driver
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Carton Dept
    50%
  • Housekeeper
    50%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Knepshield. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knepshield 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 17 immigration records available for the last name Knepshield. 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 192 military records available for the last name Knepshield. For the veterans among your Knepshield ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Knepshield lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Knepshield life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Knepshield in 1953 was 51, and 76 in 2004.

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