Knickerbocker Family History

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Knickerbocker Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of the Dutch occupational name Knickerbacker ‘marble baker’, i.e., a baker of children’s clay marbles. This lowly occupation became synonymous with the patrician class in NYC through Washington Irving’s attribution of his History of New York (1809) to a fictitious author named Diedrich Knickerbocker. By the late 1850s the term had also come to denote a type of loose breeches gathered below the knee, evidently because of the resemblance of the garment to the breeches of the Dutchmen in Cruikshank’s illustrations to Irving’s book.

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


Similar surnames: Neubecker, Rickenbacker, Crocker, Kuchenbecker, Ellenbecker

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Knickerbocker Family Origin

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Knickerbocker Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Knickerbocker. The most common Knickerbocker occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Knickerbocker's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Knickerbocker family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

    33%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Laborer

    5%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

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Knickerbocker Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Knickerbocker Life Expectancy

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Between 2000 and 2004, in the United States, Knickerbocker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Knickerbocker in 2000 was 79, and 76 in 2004.

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