Origins Available: Danish, English
Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived at the knot, the summit of a rocky hill, from the residence near that place.
Early Origins of the Canute family
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."
Early History of the Canute family
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Canute Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Canute family name include Cnot, Cnotte, Canute, Cnut, Knot, Knout, Knotte, Knott and many more.
Early Notables of the Canute family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Canute family to Ireland
Some of the Canute family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Canute family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Canute surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Canute Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Canute Family Crest Products