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Where did the Scottish Kniess family come from? What is the Scottish Kniess family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kniess family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kniess family history?The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland spawned the ancestors of the Kniess family. Their name comes from the personal name Naos, which is a dialectal form of Aonghus or Angus. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Neis, which is derived from the earlier form Mac Naois; both of these mean son of Angus. Thus, the name Kniess is a cognate of MacAngus and MacInnes.
The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations of the same name. Kniess has been recorded as MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.
First found in Perthshire, 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 Kniess research. Another 238 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1522 is included under the topic Early Kniess History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Kniess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Kniess family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Kniess, or a variant listed above:
Kniess Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
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: Animo non astutia
Motto Translation: By courage, not by craft.
The Kniess Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kniess 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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