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Where did the Scottish McKnight family come from? What is the Scottish McKnight family crest and coat of arms? When did the McKnight family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKnight family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacKnight, MacKnyght, MacNaught, MacNaight, MacKnaught, MacKnaight, MacNight and many more.

First found in Kirkcudbright, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKnight research. Another 140 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKnight History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early McKnight Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the McKnight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 272 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKnight Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John McKnight, who landed in Maryland in 1668

McKnight Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret McKnight, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • Jane McKnight, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • Thomas McKnight, who arrived in America in 1773

McKnight Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William McKnight, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Samuel McKnight, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1825
  • Mary McKnight, who landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Elizabeth McKnight, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • James McKnight, who landed in Alabama in 1858


  • Brian McKnight (b. 1969), Grammy-nominated American singer
  • Linda McKnight, American double bassist
  • James McKnight (b. 1972), former American NFL football player
  • Chad McKnight (b. 1984), American professional basketball player
  • Charles McKnight (1750-1791), American physician
  • Joe McKnight (b. 1988), American NFL football tailback
  • William Hunter "Bill" McKnight (b. 1940), former Canadian politician
  • Jeff McKnight (b. 1963), American Major League Baseball player
  • Jim McKnight (1936-1994), American Major League Baseball player
  • Marian McKnight (b. 1936), Miss America 1957


  • McKnight Genealogy by Imogene Linville Millican.
  • The McKnight Family and their Descendants by Texarado McKnight Peak.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil durum volenti
Motto Translation: Nothing is difficult for the willing.


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The McKnight Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKnight Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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