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.
Early Origins of the Knaresbirk family
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. 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.
Early History of the Knaresbirk family
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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.
Early Notables of the Knaresbirk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Knaresbirk family to Ireland
Some of the Knaresbirk family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Knaresbirk family to the New World and Oceana
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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