Last name origins & meanings:
- English and German: topographic name for someone living near a
hilltop or mountain peak, 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 named with this word, for example Knole in Kent or
Knowle in Dorset, West Midlands, etc.
- German and Jewish
(Ashkenazic): nickname for a peasant or a crude clumsy person, from
Middle High German knolle ‘lump’, ‘clod’, German Knolle.
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