Knobel Family History

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Knobel Name Meaning

German and Swiss German (also Knöbel): from Middle High German knübel, probably a nickname in the sense ‘ankle’. However, the term also denotes a rounded elevation and may therefore also be a topographic name for someone who lived by a knoll. Knöbel is also an archaic word for a servant. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Knobel ‘knot’, ‘node’. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Yiddish knobl ‘garlic’.

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

Similar surnames: Kobel, Kober, Knoll, Nobel, Nebel, Kopel, Sobel, Knebel, Kabel, Kogel

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Knobel Family Origin

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Knobel Family Occupations

What did your Knobel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Painter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Knobel. The most common Knobel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Knobel's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Knobel family was Tailor.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Painter

  • Tailor


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Knobel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Knobel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knobel 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 Knobel. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Knobel. For the veterans among your Knobel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Knobel Life Expectancy

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Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Knobel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Knobel in 1952 was 46, and 71 in 2004.

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