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Where did the Scottish Mcknight family come from? 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?

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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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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


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  • 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


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  • McKnight Genealogy by Imogene Linville Millican.
  • The McKnight Family and their Descendants by Texarado McKnight Peak.
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  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  6. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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