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The ancestry of the name Knaresborow dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the 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 Knaresborow originally derived from early residents who adopted the title of this ancient village as part of their surname.

Knaresborow Early Origins



The surname Knaresborow 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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Knaresborow Spelling Variations


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Knaresborow 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 Knaresborow have been found, including Kneresboro, Knaresborough, Knaresbro and others.

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Knaresborow Early History


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Knaresborow Early History



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

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Knaresborow Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knaresborow Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Knaresborow In Ireland


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Knaresborow In Ireland



Some of the Knaresborow 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 Knaresborow, or a variant listed above: a number of family members who settled in the New World before the 19th century.

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  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. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Knaresborow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knaresborow 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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