The Knags 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 Knags family
The surname Knags was first found in Yorkshire
, where the Knags family lived from ancient times. The progenitor of the name was most likely someone who lived near a crag.
Early History of the Knags family
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Knags Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Knags has been recorded under many different variations, including Knaggs, Knagges, Knag, Knags, Knagg and others.
Early Notables of the Knags family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Knags family to Ireland
Some of the Knags family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Knags family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Knags or a variant listed above: 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.