The lineage of the name Knappan begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Knapton, a place-name found in Yorkshire
and in Norfolk
. The place-name is derived from the Old English personal name
Cnapa, and tun,
an Old English word that means farm or enclosure. Later, tun
came to mean village and then town, and is in fact the root of the Modern English word town. The name Cnapa
means servant in the Old English. The place-name, therefore, means "farm belonging to Cnapa," or "the servants farmstead." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Knappan family
The surname Knappan was first found in Norfolk
where the place was first listed in the Domesday Book
as Kanapatone, part of the Greehoe hundred
, land held by William de Warene. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
At that time, it was one carucate of land and had 10 villans (peasants), 5 borders and 1 slave. As of 2001, the village and civil parish is home to 362 residents. Further north in Yorkshire
, Knapton also dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Cnapeton and Cnapetone, land held by Ralph de Mortimer. Today the village and civil parish has a population of about 222 residing in 96 households.
Early History of the Knappan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knappan research.Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1406, 1433, 1406, 1415, 1419, 1431, 1432, 1433, 1698, 1778, 1700 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Knappan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Knappan Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Knappan has undergone many spelling variations
, including Knapton, Napton, Knappen and others.
Early Notables of the Knappan family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Knapton (fl.1406-1433), an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England
for Cambridge in 1406, 1415, 1419 and 1431 and Mayor of Cambridge (1432-1433.)
George Knapton (1698-1778)... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knappan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knappan family to Ireland
Some of the Knappan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 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 Knappan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Knappan were among those contributors: Jane Knapton, who settled in Virginia in 1652; Joseph Knapton, who settled in Boston in 1716; and Robert Knapton, who settled in Virginia in 1754.