The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. The German and Dutch name of KNUST (also KNUS) is of two-fold origin. It was a name which was applied to someone who lived near a single outstanding tree, which would be recognized by others, and would have drawn attention and indicated a person by that name. In the case of the name KNUST it meant 'the dweller at or by the nut-tree'. It was also a baptismal name 'the son of Nathonson' a name meaning 'gift'. There was a prophet so called in the time of David and Solomon circa 970 BC.The name is of obscure origin and there are few early instances recorded. It is a very ancient and now an almost rare surname. The Dutch language is most closely related to Low German, and its surnames have been influenced both by German and French naming practices. The preposition 'van' is found especially with habitation names, and the 'de' mainly with nicknames. Because of the close relationship between the English and German languages, some Germans are able to transform their names to the English form just by dropping a single letter. Many Germans have re-spelt their names in America. A great number of immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania. After the start of the first World War, Germans in great numbers Anglicized their names in an effort to remove all doubt as to their patriotism. Afterwards some changed back, and then during World War II the problem became acute once more, and the changing started all over again, although not with as much intensity. German or Teutonic heraldry extended its sphere of influence over central Europe and spread into Scandinavia. It is most notable for its design and treatment of crests, most of which reflect the arms in the charge or tinctures (colours) or both, which is unknown in British heraldry. Teutonic Europe assembled many arms on a single shield, each bearing its corresponding crest on a helmet.
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