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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.
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."
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.
Another 89 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Knott Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Knott Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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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