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Type Surname
Usage German
Other Forms FormsKnab, Knabb, Knabbe, Knape, Knapp, Knappe

Meaning & History

German status name for a young man or a page, from Middle High German knabe (English knave). In aristocratic circles this term denoted a page or squire (a youth destined to become a knight), while among artisans it referred to a journeyman’s assistant or (as a short form of Lehrknabe) ‘apprentice’. In the 15th century a semantic split between Knabe and its variants Knape, Knappe, Knapp resulted in Knabe meaning ‘boy’ and Knapp(e) ‘servant’, ‘apprentice’, and ‘miner’ in modern German.
Added 7/5/2017 by LMS