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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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

The name Noll is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the area that was referred to as the knoll. This surname was originally derived from the Old English word cnolle which means one who lived at the top of the hill or the summit.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Noll has been spelled many different ways, including Knollys, Knoll, Knolle, Knolles, Knowles, Knowlys and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Noll research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1325, 1407, 1588, 1659, 1614, 1621, 1622, 1624, 1626, 1628, 1629, 1599, 1691, 1646, 1668, 1665 and are included under the topic Early Noll History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 247 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Noll Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Noll family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Nolls to arrive in North America:

Noll Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Christoph Noll, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Johan Danyell Noll, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Bernhard Noll, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710-1714
  • Hans Georg Noll, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • John Jurgh Noll, aged 36, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732


Noll Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Amand Noll, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Friedrich Noll, who arrived in America in 1845
  • Henry Noll, aged 35, landed in Missouri in 1847
  • Anton Noll, aged 34, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Josephine Noll, aged 29, arrived in New York, NY in 1847


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  • A. Michael Noll (b. 1939), American engineer, and professor emeritus
  • Charles Henry "Chuck" Noll (1932-2014), American professional football player and head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League from 1969 to 1991 and won more Super Bowl wins (4) than any other head coach in NFL history, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993
  • Mark A. Noll (b. 1946), American historian, a specialist in the history of Christianity in the United States
  • Christiane Noll (b. 1968), American singer and actress, best known for originating the role of Emma Carew in Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde
  • Richard Noll (b. 1959), American author and clinical psychologist
  • Landon Curt Noll (b. 1960), American computer scientist, co-discoverer of the 25th Mersenne prime and discoverer of the 26th
  • Benjamin Richard Noll (b. 1981), American football guard
  • Ronald W. Noll (1929-2008), American conductor, music director, and television music supervisor
  • Miles O. Noll, American clergyman, educator, and American football coach
  • Lou Barker Noll (1927-1986), American poet

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The Noll Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Noll 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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