Knoll Family History
Knoll Name Meaning
English and German: topographic name for someone living near a hilltop from Middle English knolle ‘hilltop hillock’ (Old English cnoll) Middle High German knol ‘peak’. In some cases the English name is habitational from one of the many places called with this word for example Knole in Kent or Knowle in Dorset West Midlands and elsewhere. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a peasant or a crude clumsy person from Middle High German knolle ‘lump clod’ German Knolle.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press