Kneebone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kneebone family

The surname Kneebone was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat early in their history.

Early History of the Kneebone family

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Kneebone 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 Kneebone, Knebone and others.

Early Notables of the Kneebone family (pre 1700)

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United States Kneebone migration to the United States +

A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Kneebone:

Kneebone Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Kneebone, who sailed to Barbados in 1684
Kneebone Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Kneebone, who settled in America in 1753
Kneebone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John and Elizabeth Kneebone, who arrived in New York in 1842
  • Elizabeth Kneebone, aged 20, who arrived in New York, NY in 1842 [1]
  • John Kneebone, aged 23, who landed in New York, NY in 1842 [1]

Australia Kneebone migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kneebone Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Kneebone, (b. 1806), aged 43, Cornish carpenter from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 14th May 1849 [2]
  • Mrs. Grace Kneebone, (b. 1805), aged 44, Cornish settler from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 14th May 1849 [2]
  • Mr. Phillip Kneebone, (b. 1834), aged 15, Cornish carpenter from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 14th May 1849 [2]
  • Mr. Frederick Kneebone, (b. 1837), aged 12, Cornish settler from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 14th May 1849 [2]
  • Miss Emily Kneebone, (b. 1840), aged 9, Cornish settler from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 14th May 1849 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Kneebone migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kneebone Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • F. Kneebone, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Balaklava" in 1864
  • Mr. Edgar Kneebone, (b. 1865), aged 18, Cornish labourer departing on 29th December 1883 aboard the ship "British Queen" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 17th February 1884 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kneebone (post 1700) +

  • Rachel Kneebone (b. 1973), English artist
  • Henry "Harry" Kneebone (1876-1933), Australian journalist, author, editor and politician
  • Ron Kneebone, former Australian rules footballer
  • Alfred Francis Kneebone (1905-2004), Australian politician in the South Australian Legislative Council, Minister of Railways in 1965, Labour and Industry and Minister of Transport 1965-1968
  • Sean Kneebone, Australian actor, known for Rush (2008), Tangle (2009) and Carla Cametti PD (2009)
  • Tom Kneebone CM OOnt (1932-2003), New Zealand-born, Canadian actor, known for Counterstrike (1990), A Judgment in Stone (1986) and The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
  • Nova Peris- Kneebone (b. 1971), Australian Olympic athlete


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Wellington 1872-1880 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nz_wellington.pdf    


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