The Knoks surname comes from the Old English word "cnocc," which meant a round topped hill. The surname may have been taken on by someone who lived at such a place, or may have come from one of several places called Knock, in Scotland
and Northern England.
Early Origins of the Knoks family
The surname Knoks was first found in Renfrewshire
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.
Early History of the Knoks family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knoks research.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1230, 1597, 1505, 1572, 1559, 1633, 1641, 1720, 1640, 1720, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Knoks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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Early Notables of the Knoks family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John Knox (c.1505-1572), a Scottish religious reformer, a follower of John Calvin and the driving force behind the introduction and establishment of the Presbyterian church in Scotland; and... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knoks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knoks family to Ireland
Some of the Knoks family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Knoks family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christopher Knox, who arrived in Barbados in 1628; Andrew, Charles, George, James, John, Joseph, Robert, Thomas and William Knox all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1868..
The Knoks Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Moveo et proficior
Motto Translation: I proceed and am more prosperous.
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