Knatchpole History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Knatchpole comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a brave and strong person. The surname Knatchpole 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 Knatchpole family

The surname Knatchpole 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 Knatchpole family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knatchpole research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1685, 1636, 1696, 1660, 1690, 1712, 1674 and 1730 are included under the topic Early Knatchpole History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Knatchpole Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Knatchpole has undergone many spelling variations, including Knatchbull, Knatchpole, Knatchpoole and others.

Early Notables of the Knatchpole 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 Knatchpole family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Knatchpole were among those contributors: John Knatchpoole settled in Virginia in 1654; John Knatchbull settled in Barbados with his servants in 1679.

The Knatchpole 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. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. on Facebook
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