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the Family Knot(t)nerus Foundation
of the family is the minister Johann Knöttner, who was born around 1580
in Eger, the present Cheb (Czech Republic). It is certain that he worked
as a pastor in Pfaffenhofen and Hagenhausen.
'Knottnerus' is probably related to the German word 'Knot' that means a
speculative explanation is that the name is of a Czech origin and
related to the Czech word 'knot', which means: 'wick of a candle'. The
image of a burning candle fits well in the family motto 'Consumor aliis
serviendo', meaning: 'I am consumed by serving others'. A look in a
phone book in Prague makes it immediately clear that the name 'Knöttner' is
a common name in the Czech Republic.
2.663 family members in our files (as of December 15th, 2012).
871 of them have the name: Knottnerus, Knöttner, Knotnerus, Knottnerus-Meyer
or Knotnerus Bruins.
704 of these 2.663
people are still alive. 340 of them have the following family names: Knottnerus (287), Knotnerus (36), Knotnerus
Bruins (3) or Knottnerus-Meyer (14).
members with the name Knot(t)nerus live in the Netherlands, ca. 90 in
the USA/Canada and almost 25 in Germany. There live ca. 5 family members
in other European countries, such as UK, Austria and Turkey.