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Knee Family History

Knee Surname Meaning

English (Wiltshire and Gloucestershire): nickname from Middle English kne(i) ‘knee’ (Old English cnēow). The reference would most likely be to someone with a limp or a distinctive aspect to their knee(s) but the word was also used to describe a (missed?) step in a generation or pedigree. Alternatively ‘knee’ could have a topographic sense and denote someone who lived by a sharp bend. South German: variant of Knie ‘knee’ and in North America also an altered form (translation into English) of this.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Klee, Snee, See, Nee, Keel, Kneen, Kneer, Kies, Kee, Kane

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Where is the Knee family from?

You can see how Knee families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Knee family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Knee families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 156 Knee families living in Wiltshire. This was about 33% of all the recorded Knee's in United Kingdom. Wiltshire had the highest population of Knee families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Knee surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Knee ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Knee. 16% of Knee men worked as a General Labourer and 76% of Knee women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Knee were Incapacitated and Housekeeper. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    16%
  • Builders Labourer
    10%
  • Colliery Hewer
    10%
  • Incapacitated
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    76%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Housekeeper
    4%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Knee. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knee 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Knee. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Knee. For the veterans among your Knee ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Knee lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Knee life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Knee in 1946 was 28, and 65 in 2004.

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