Knatchbull History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Knatchbull. It was given to a brave and strong person. The surname Knatchbull 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 Knatchbull family
The surname Knatchbull 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.  "The main branch was at Mersham-Hatch, by purchase temp. Henry VII and there the present Baronet yet resides." 
Early History of the Knatchbull family
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Knatchbull Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Knatchbull has appeared include Knatchbull, Knatchpole, Knatchpoole and others.
Early Notables of the Knatchbull 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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Knatchbull migration to the United States +
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Knatchbull arrived in North America very early:
Knatchbull Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Knatchbull, who settled in Barbados with his servants in 1679
Contemporary Notables of the name Knatchbull (post 1700) +
- Sir Edward Knatchbull (1781-1849), 9th Baronet, British Conservative Party politician
- Michael Herbert Rudolf Knatchbull (1895-1939), 5th Baron Brabourne, British peer and soldier
- John Ulick Knatchbull CBE (1924-2005), 7th Baron Brabourne, British peer, television producer and Academy-award nominated film producer
- Doreen Knatchbull (1896-1979), Baroness Brabourne, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat
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The Knatchbull 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.
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.