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The history of the Knaresboro family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living 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 Knaresboro originally derived from early residents who adopted the title of this ancient village as part of their surname.

Knaresboro Early Origins



The surname Knaresboro 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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Knaresboro Spelling Variations


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Knaresboro Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Knaresboro include Kneresboro, Knaresborough, Knaresbro and others.

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Knaresboro Early History


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Knaresboro Early History



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

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Knaresboro Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knaresboro Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Knaresboro In Ireland


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Knaresboro In Ireland



Some of the Knaresboro 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Knaresboro 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. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Knaresboro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knaresboro 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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