[ 1 syll. knut, kn-ut ] The baby boy name Knut is pronounced KNUWT in German †. Knut has its origins in the Old Norse language. It is used largely in English, German, and Scandinavian. Knútr (Old Norse) is an older form of the name. The name is ultimately from the Old Norse knútr or else the Old German kint (meaning 'race, kind'). It was originally a nickname for stocky and short men, but the association has since been lost. The name was borne by several medieval kings of Denmark, including Canute the Great (995-1035), who ruled over England, Denmark, and Norway. Canute is the Anglicized form of the name.
Variants of Knut include Canute (English, German, and Scandinavian), Cnut (German and Scandinavian), Kanute (German and Scandinavian), and Knute (English and Scandinavian). Knud (spelling variant in German and Scandinavian) is another form of the name.
Knut is not popular as a baby boy name. It is listed outside of the top 1000.
† Pronunciation for Knut: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"