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Re: where does the Knapper name come from
Posted by: Simon Knapper Date: December 31, 2001 at 12:33:35
In Reply to: where does the Knapper name come from by Omar Knapper of 256

The name knapper occurs in a number of northern european countries but if your family originated in England then there are two possible origins for the name. The first is toponymical ie named after a geographical feature, in this case a "knap" meaning a hill and means a hill dweller. This origin most often quoted when I have reasearched the name, probably as the single source is being quoted. The other origin and in my opinion the more compelling is from the skill of flint knapping (shaping flints) as the people carring out this activity were and are known as knappers. This name occurs quite often in the east anglia region of england.

Hope this helps

Simon Knapper

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