The first family to use the name Knockton lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. The name Knockton is derived from the Pictish name Nechtan.
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Neachdainn,
which means son of Nechtan.
Early Origins of the Knockton family
The surname Knockton was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, where they held lands at Lochow and Loch Fyne, called Glenera, Glenshira, and Glen Fyne.
Early History of the Knockton family
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Knockton Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. Knockton has appeared MacNaughton, McNachton, MacNaghten, MacNechten, Notton, Norton and many more.
Early Notables of the Knockton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Knockton family to Ireland
Some of the Knockton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knockton family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Knockton:
Knockton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mary Knockton, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Borinsgrove, Tuam, in 1905
- Hilda Knockton, aged 17, who settled in America from Leeds, England, in 1921