The Knaggs 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 Knaggs family
The surname Knaggs was first found in Yorkshire
, where the Knaggs family lived from ancient times. The progenitor of the name was most likely someone who lived near a crag.
Early History of the Knaggs family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knaggs research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1442, 1598, 1661, 1724, 1720, 1835, 1838 and 1839 are included under the topic Early Knaggs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Knaggs Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Knaggs include Knaggs, Knagges, Knag, Knags, Knagg and others.
Early Notables of the Knaggs family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Knaggs family to Ireland
Some of the Knaggs 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 Knaggs family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Knaggs or a variant listed above:
Knaggs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Knaggs, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Knaggs (post 1700)
- Whitmore Knaggs (1763-1827), American Indian fighter, interpreter and spy
- James M. Knaggs (b. 1950), American Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army, USA Western Territory
- Daniel A. Knaggs (1887-1957), American Republican politician, Mayor of Monroe, Michigan, 1934-39; Michigan Commissioner of Labor and Industry, 1939 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Henry Valentine Knaggs (1859-1954), English doctor and author, practitioner of nature cure methods
- Skelton Barnaby Knaggs (1911-1955), English stage actor who also appeared in horror films
- Charles Peter Huntley Knaggs OBE, contemporary British Colonel in the British Army
- Sir Samuel William Knaggs KCMG (1856-1924), British colonial administrator, Acting Commissioner for Tobago in 1897, Colonial Secretary for Barbados in 1903
- Isabel Ellie Knaggs (b. 1893), well-known British geologist