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Where did the English Knull family come from? What is the English Knull family crest and coat of arms? When did the Knull family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Knull family history?The origins of the Knull name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Kneela, in Devon, or at Knell House in Sussex, or in Knill, in Herefordshire. The place-names described above are all derived from the Old English word cnylle, which meant knoll. The name means "dweller at the knoll." It seems likely that the name originated at Knill, in Herefordshire, as this is the oldest place that bears that name. Knill appears in the Domesday Book as Chenille. Knell House derives its name directly from the family name.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Knull were recorded, including Knell, Kneller, Knill, Knille, Knelle and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knull research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1220, 1273, 1296, 1327, 1571, 1600, 1646, 1656, and 1723 are included under the topic Early Knull History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knull Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Knull family emigrate to North America: John Knill, who came to Virginia in 1654; William Knell, who came to Virginia in 1654; Elias Kneller, who came to Halifax in 1751; and Christopher Knell, who came to Pennsylvania in 1847..
The Knull Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knull 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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