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Knipfer Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a knitter, net maker, or button maker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German knüpfen ‘to tie or knot’.

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

Similar surnames: Kipfer, Kiefer, Kampfer, Kapfer, Klopfer, Klipfel, Keiper, Knitter

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Where is the Knipfer family from?

You can see how Knipfer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Knipfer family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Knipfer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 19 Knipfer families living in Iowa. This was about 54% of all the recorded Knipfer's in the USA. Iowa had the highest population of Knipfer families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Knipfer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Knipfer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the US named Knipfer. 39% of Knipfer men worked as a Farmer.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Farming
  • Grinder
  • Electrician
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Knipfer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knipfer 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 186 immigration records available for the last name Knipfer. 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 467 military records available for the last name Knipfer. For the veterans among your Knipfer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Knipfer lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Knipfer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1996, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Knipfer in 1965 was 73, and 66 in 2004.

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