An English and German surname, Knapp comes from the Old English term ‘cnoepp’ which means a hilltop. There is also the Old English term ‘cnapa’ which meant a male servant. The German term of ‘knappe’ means a skillful worker. The spelling variations for Knapp include Knappe, Napman, Napp, Knapman and Knappe. The German spelling of Knapp is Knabe. In England the Knapp surname is all across the country. The greater population concentrations are in the southern regions of Kent, Hampshire, the city of London, Wiltshire and Berkshire. In Scotland the counties with higher populations of Knapp families are Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, Stirlingshire, Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire. Within the United States the Knapp family name originated in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Michigan, Connecticut, Illinois and Ohio. Famous: Chris Knapp (musician - drummer), Karin Knapp (champion tennis player from Italy), Steve Knapp (race car driver), Joe Knapp (musician), George Knapp (journalist and UFO researcher), Anthony Knapp (mathematician) and Mark L. Knapp (author).