Show ContentsKnatchbul History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Knatchbul is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Knatchbul was a name used for a brave and strong person. The surname Knatchbul originally derived from the Old English words Knatch which meant to strike and Bull which referred to the animal bull. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Knatchbul family

The surname Knatchbul was first found in Kent where one of the first records of the name was John Knatchbull who held lands in the parish of Limme in the reign of Edward III. [1] "The main branch was at Mersham-Hatch, by purchase temp. Henry VII and there the present Baronet yet resides." [2]

Early History of the Knatchbul family

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Knatchbul Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Knatchbul include Knatchbull, Knatchpole, Knatchpoole and others.

Early Notables of the Knatchbul family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Norton Knatchbull, 1st Baronet of Mersham Hatch (1602-1685), an English politician, founder of The Norton Knatchbull School, Ashford; Sir John Knatchbull, 2nd Baronet (c.1636-1696), an English...
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Migration of the Knatchbul family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Knatchbul were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Knatchpoole settled in Virginia in 1654; John Knatchbull settled in Barbados with his servants in 1679.

The Knatchbul Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In crucifixa gloria mea
Motto Translation: My glory is in the cross.

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. on Facebook