Descendents of the families KNECHT - KNEGT - DE KNEGT etc



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The name Knecht is very common in Austria and Germany. The name Knecht means "servant," or "farm hand," and the colorful Landsknechte served bothking and country as mercenaries. Many Knechts changed their name to the Anglicized "Knight" when they arrived in New York. Many Knechts were, in truth landowners and knights, as the name evolved away from the menial meaning.
The German Landsknechte meant literally "servants of the land," a misnomer in that they were originally poor farmers who later began to work forcash as mercenaries. The word was coined by Peter von Hagenbach, who commissioned them for service with Charles the Bold of Burgundy. The Swiss infantry was the reason why. In the 1470s these mercenaries fought for those who could pay. They fought in Germany, Spain, and England, where a brigade of Landsknechte helped crush the Robert Kett rising in 1549. Maximilian I (1483-1516) transformed the Landsknechte into a disciplined corp d'elite. Many German nobles fought with them. They were best known for their outrageous, multi-colored clothing. They fought hand-to-hand against the enemy with pike formations. Commoners also used a short sword calleda Katzlaber ("cat-ripper"). The katzlaber was 28 inches long. Nobles used the two-handed sword called zwihander which was 66 inches long. The Landsknechte provided their own gear. Flamboyance was their point of pride- with huge plumed hats, slashed doublets, hose in vivid colors, ribbons, and colorful bows. The major weapon of the Landsknechte was the pike (made of ash) and approximately 18 feet in length. The steel head was 10 inches long and often a fox's brush or animal tail was tied to the top ofthe pike for its healing properties and protection in battle.
These mercenary armies more or less invented a new style of clothing with slashings. It was actually invented by the Swiss in 1476. The legendis that upon defeating Charles the Bold of Burgundy that they pillaged awealth of velvets, silks, and other finery, which the victors used to patch their own clothing. The attaching of pieces of fabric to the back of tears received in battle became a German fad.
This was called quite simply "slashing." Fabric later was purposely slashed at regular intervals and was backed by the fine silks and velvets. Soon the nobility caught slashing fever and the next step was the cod piece which soon became inflated with padding
Knecht: Dieser Familienname steht für Tapferkeit und Tüchtigkeit Was sagt der Name?
von Hans Marcus Thomsen Zeitung: Die Welt
Wer Knecht heißt - etwa 5000 tragen diesen Namen, dazu noch etwa 900 Knechtel und Knechtle -, dem sei gesagt, daß er keinen Anlaß hat, sich über seinen Namen zu grämen. Denn das heutige negative Image der Worte Knecht oder gar Knechtschaft deckt sich überhaupt nicht mit seiner einstigen, hohen Wertschätzung. Im Englischen hat es diese Bedeutung noch: Der "knight" gehört zur ersten Klasse des niederen Adels. Im Mittelhochdeutschen, als unsere Familiennamen entstanden, bedeutete das Wort Knechtheit = Tapferkeit, und knechtlich = tapfer, tüchtig. Diese Wörter sind ausgestorben und mit ihnen ihre Bedeutung. Von der ganz anderen Wertschätzung, deren sich der Knecht im Mittelalter erfreut hat, zeugen die vielen Familiennamen, in denen er enthalten ist. So sind unsere Familiennamen Zeugenbergen vergleichbar, die von vergangenen Erdaltern künden: Von Armknecht bis Windeknecht sind es etwa hundert unterschiedliche Familiennamen, deren Bedeutung oft erst entschlüsselt werden muß. Dann aber helfen sie, die Sozialstruktur des Mittelalters mit seiner vielfältigen Berufswelt zu verstehen,in der der Knecht ein geschätzter Geselle und Gehilfe war. So begleiteteder Schildknecht den Ritter auf Feldzügen und Turnieren. Der Bauknecht war Gehilfe des Baumannes, der ein Gut bewirtschaftete, aber auch Schreiber eines Baumeisters. Der Windeknecht wartete die Jagdmeute (vint = Jagdhund), der Sienknecht arbeitete im Eichamt (sinnen = eichen), der Bedenknecht trieb die Steuern ein (bede = Abgabe), der Kennerknecht (kenden = heizen) betreute die oft unförmigen Kamine und Öfen. Die Barb-, Barf-, Bart- und Barknechte waren Gehilfen des Barbiers, die Roßknechte gliedern sich noch in Mey- und Mayenknechte (meid = Hengst) und Schell- und Schälknechte (schële = Zuchthengst, heutige: beschälen), der Hüttenknecht hilft bei der Eisengewinnung, der Hutterknecht aber dem Hutmacher. Die Wertschätzung des Knechtes wird noch betont durch lobende Beiwörter. Da gibt es Gutknecht, Schönknecht, Liebknecht und Frischknecht. Beim Frommknecht finden wir einen doppelten Bedeutungswandel. Denn vrum bedeutet tüchtig, wacker, nicht das heutige bibelfromm. Erhalten hat sich die Redewendung "zu Nutz und Frommen". Hier konnten nur wenige, heute schwer oder gar unverständliche Namen erläutert werden, selbsterklärende Namen wie Ochsenknecht,Wagenknecht, Jägerknecht, mußten aus Platzgründen draußenbleiben. Aber auch sie bewahren und ehren in ihrem Namen ein Wort, das heute praktisch ausgestorben ist - bis auf den Stiefelknecht.
Artikel erschienen am Fr, 24. Juni 2005