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

The origins of the Knott name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Knott was originally derived from a family having lived at the knot, the summit of a rocky hill, from the residence near that place.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Knott include Cnot, Cnotte, Canute, Cnut, Knot, Knout, Knotte, Knott and many more.

First found in Derbyshire where traditionally the name was descended from the Scandinavian King Canute, or Cnut. Drayton sings "The Knot that called was Canutus, bird of old, of that great King of Danes, his name that still doth hold, his appetite to please that far and near was sought, for his, as some have said, from Denmark hither brought."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knott research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1730, 1582, 1656, 1606 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Knott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 89 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Knott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Knott Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • James Knott who arrived at Virginia in 1617
  • James Knott was on record in Virginia in 1623
  • William Knott settled in Barbados in 1628
  • Wm Knott, who arrived in Barbados in 1628
  • Elianor Knott, who landed in Virginia in 1635


Knott Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Peter Knott, who arrived in New Jersey in 1733

Knott Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Knott, who landed in America in 1801-1802
  • Benjamin Knott, who arrived in New York in 1827
  • Robert Knott, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1867
  • Nicholas Knott, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871
  • Andrew Knott, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879

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  • James Proctor Knott (1830-1911), American politician, Governor of Kentucky (1883-1887)
  • Lydia Knott (1866-1955), American silent film actress who appeared in 91 films
  • Stuart R. Knott (1859-1943), American businessman, the fourth president of Kansas City Southern Railway
  • Frederick Knott (1916-2002), English playwright, best known for writing "Dial M for Murder"
  • Alan Philip Eric Knott (b. 1946), English cricketer
  • Billy Knott (b. 1992), English football midfielder
  • Andrew Knott (b. 1979), English actor
  • Ian Knott (b. 1976), English professional rugby league footballer
  • Sir James Knott (1855-1934), 1st Baronet, English shipping magnate, founder of the Prince Steam Shipping Company Ltd. (Prince Line)
  • Walter Marvin Knott (1889-1981), American farmer who created the Knott's Berry Farm Amusement Park, California

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  • Nutt Chronicles by Irene E. Amato.
  • The Knotts Family of Randolph County, Arkansas by Gladys Knotts Reynolds.
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  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Knott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knott 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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