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The name Knaresbirk has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Knaresborough. Before the Norman Conquest of 1066 these lands existed as noble property of the Saxons. After 1066, Serlo de Burgh received these lands as a gift from William the conqueror. The surname Knaresbirk originally derived from early residents who adopted the title of this ancient village as part of their surname.

Knaresbirk Early Origins



The surname Knaresbirk was first found in North Yorkshire, at Knaresborough, an old and historic market town, spa town and civil parish in the Borough of Harrogate. The village dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Chenaresburg and literally meant "stronghold of a man called Cenheard," from the Old English personal name + burgh. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Knaresborough Castle is today a ruined fortress, but it too dates back to early Norman times when it was thought to have been built by a Norman Baron around c.1100. By 1205, King John took control of Knareborough Castle as he regarded Knaresborough as an important northern fortress.

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Knaresbirk Spelling Variations


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Knaresbirk Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Knaresbirk have been found, including Kneresboro, Knaresborough, Knaresbro and others.

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Knaresbirk Early History


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Knaresbirk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knaresbirk research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1273, 1583, 1640 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Knaresbirk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Knaresbirk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knaresbirk Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knaresbirk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Knaresbirk In Ireland


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Knaresbirk In Ireland



Some of the Knaresbirk family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Knaresbirk, or a variant listed above: a number of family members who settled in the New World before the 19th century.

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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Knaresbirk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knaresbirk Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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