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The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall, the homeland to the Knawithay family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Knawithay family originally lived in Devon at the manor of Knaworth, which later came to be spelled Noseworthy.

Early Origins of the Knawithay family


The surname Knawithay was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Early History of the Knawithay family

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Early History of the Knawithay family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knawithay research.
Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1481, 1530, 1502, 1503 and 1523 are included under the topic Early Knawithay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Knawithay Spelling Variations

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Knawithay Spelling Variations


Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Noseworthy, Norseworthy, Nosworthy, Norseworth, Noseworth and many more.

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Early Notables of the Knawithay family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Knawithay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Knawithay family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Knawithay family to the New World and Oceana


The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Knawithay: Tristrum and Ann Nosworthy, who arrived in Virginia in 1639; Joan Nosworthy, who came to Virginia in 1664; Edw. Nosworthy, who was on record in Virginia in 1666.

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