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

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kneebone research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1469, 1623, 1642, 1681, 1692, and 1796 are included under the topic Early Kneebone History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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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 came to 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, arrived in New York, NY in 1842
  • John Kneebone, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1842

Kneebone Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • F. Kneebone arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Balaklava" in 1864


  • 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


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