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The name Knaresbrowe is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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 Knaresbrowe originally derived from early residents who adopted the title of this ancient village as part of their surname.

Knaresbrowe Early Origins



The surname Knaresbrowe 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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Knaresbrowe Spelling Variations


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Knaresbrowe 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 Knaresbrowe 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Knaresbrowe include: Kneresboro, Knaresborough, Knaresbro and others.

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Knaresbrowe Early History


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Knaresbrowe Early History



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

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Knaresbrowe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knaresbrowe Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Knaresbrowe In Ireland


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Knaresbrowe In Ireland



Some of the Knaresbrowe 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



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

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