The ancestors of the name Knappant date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Knappant family
The surname Knappant 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 Knappant family
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Knappant Spelling Variations
Knappant has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Knappant have been found, including Knapton, Napton, Knappen and others.
Early Notables of the Knappant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Knappant family to Ireland
Some of the Knappant 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 Knappant family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Knappants to arrive on North American shores: 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.