Knickerbocker, term used almost synonymously with the adjective "Dutch" in respect to Dutch families and customs and the Dutch region of early New York state. A History of New York (1809), written by Washington Irving under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker, popularized the term. There was an actual Knickerbocker family that came from Holland c.1674 and lived chiefly in Albany co.
Knickerbocker is a Dutch surname and a type of clothing. It is a name often cited in reference to New York City, referred to the oldest New Yorker families, for the most part of Dutch origins, an allusion to the fictional character "Father Knickerbocker" who, according to the tale told by Washington Irving, was the head of the first socially prominent family in New York. According to Ric Burns' New York: A Documentary Film, generations of New Yorkers proudly claimed to be descendants of Father Knickerbocker, despite his fictional roots.

Uses of the name Knickerbocker include:






The original spelling of Knickerbocker was Knikkerbakker and today's translation into English is "toy marble baker," but may originally have meant "Brick Baker."

  • Diedrich Knickerbocker, a pen name of American writer and diplomat Washington Irving
  • The Knickerbocker, a nineteenth-century American literary magazine
  • The Knickerbocker Trust Company, whose collapse sparked the Panic of 1907
  • The Knickerbocker Gang, a series of books
  • knickerbocker glory, an ice cream dessert served in a tall glass
  • Knickerbocker cocktail, a golden rum-based mixed drink which originated sometime during the 19th century
  • The Knickerbockers, a 1960s pop music/rock-and-roll band
  • In Michael Flynn's alternate history novelette The Forest of Time, in which the Thirteen Colonies failed to unite and became independent (and mutually antagonistic) nation states, "Knicks" is how the inhabitants of New York State (not just the city) are called by their neighbors.
  • Knickerbocker Storm, a significant blizzard bringing down the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre in Washington DC.
  • Knickerbocker Partition Corporation, a company that manufactures such things as public bathroom stall walls etc.
  • Knickerbocker Holiday, a broadway musical originally starring Walter Huston, Jeanne Madden, and Ray Middleton and featuring the standard September Song.
  • The Knickerbockers, a group of literary people active in the New-York from 1810 to 1840. This movement marked the beginning of cultural life in New-York, the city on the Hudson that was now growing in prosperity and turning into a main harbour for international trade. This group was named after the book of Washington Irving "A history of New York, by Diedrich Knickerbocker" (1809)
  • The Columbia University fight song includes the line "while the sons of Knickerbocker rally 'round Columbia."


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