The Knagg family is descended from the ancient Anglo-Saxons
who inhabited England
during the years before the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name is derived from the Old Danish and Old Norse "knag," meaning "rugged top of a hill."
Early Origins of the Knagg family
The surname Knagg was first found in Yorkshire
, where the Knagg family lived from ancient times. The progenitor of the name was most likely someone who lived near a crag.
Early History of the Knagg family
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Knagg Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Knagg include Knaggs, Knagges, Knag, Knags, Knagg and others.
Early Notables of the Knagg family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Knagg family to Ireland
Some of the Knagg family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 125 words (9 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 Knagg family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: William Knaggs, who immigrated to Boston in 1817; Mary Knaggs, who emigrated from Ireland
to New York in 1817; Mary Knaggs, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852.