Spider is a populated place in Knott County, Kentucky, United States. The name was collected by the United States Geological Survey between 1976 and 1979, and entered into the Geographic Names Information System on September 20, 1979. Knott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1884. As of 2000, the population was 17,649. Its county seat is Hindman. The county is named for James Proctor Knott, Governor of Kentucky (1883 1887). It is a prohibition or dry county. Notable inhabitants include U.S. Congressman Carl D. Perkins, Appalachian author James Still, poet Albert Stewart, country music star David Tolliver from Halfway to Hazard and actress Rebecca Gayheart.