In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Knaresbro surname 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 Knaresbro originally derived from early residents who adopted the title of this ancient village as part of their surname.
Early Origins of the Knaresbro family
The surname Knaresbro 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. 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 Knaresbro family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knaresbro research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1273, 1583, 1640 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Knaresbro History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Knaresbro Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Knaresbro are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Knaresbro include: Kneresboro, Knaresborough, Knaresbro and others.
Early Notables of the Knaresbro family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Knaresbro family to Ireland
Some of the Knaresbro 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.
Migration of the Knaresbro family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Knaresbro or a variant listed above: a number of family members who settled in the New World before the 19th century.