Gender: Male Pronunciation: noot Meaning of Knut: "knot" Origin of Knut: Old Norse

Knut Origin and Meaning

The name Knut is a boy's name of Norse origin meaning "knot".

The K is silent in this royal but common Scandinavian name that is, in this country, linked to a single figure -- Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. Could easily be confused with Newt.

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Famous People Named Knut

Pop Culture References for the name Knut

Cnut, Canute, Knute

Knut's International Variations

Knud (Danish)


stepx Says:


In scandinavia the K is NOT silent. Absolutely not.

ashford Says:


Please correct this. The K is absolutely NOT silent in this name. Hello! Canute is an alternate spelling...



name him for where he came from...from nut to knut

gemsqueaks Says:


You need to change your description and pronunciation of this name, Nameberry! The K is not silent.

eveyalecia Says:


The K is definitely pronounced. Just like the k used to be pronounced in words like "know" and "knight" and "knee" in Old English, which this name dates back to.

leafylover2001 Says:


i wish I had seen this before my son Leafy was born! Knut Leafy Johnson. The perfect name.

anothersunnyday Says:


I have never heard of someone pronouncing this with a silent K. KUH-noot

katinka Says:


Bold, fun choice. I'd use it in the middle.

Zelliew Says:



Daphodil Says:


Yep, it's definitely not silent. The K at the beginning sounds a lot like the hard C in words like: cave, cold, crouch, etc.

esita Says:


Uh... no the K is definitely not silent. K is always pronounced in German/Scandinavian names. It is k-NOOT.
Hence, when Anglicised the name is sometimes spelled Canute.

ktsue Says:


Sigh... I'm sorry, but no. I'm all for unusual baby names, but when this one gets mispronounced, he will be called "nut". Not a fan.