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The surname Kneeland was derived from the Gaelic "O Niallain," which means "descendant of Niall."

Kneeland Early Origins



The surname Kneeland was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster.

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Kneeland Spelling Variations


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Kneeland Spelling Variations



The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Kneeland were encountered in the archives: O'Neilan, O'Neylan, Neilan, Neylan, O'Nelan and others.

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Kneeland Early History


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Kneeland Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kneeland research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1570 is included under the topic Early Kneeland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kneeland Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kneeland Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kneeland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Kneeland family came to North America quite early:

Kneeland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Philip Kneeland, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637

Kneeland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Bartholomew Kneeland, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Samuel Kneeland, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Kneeland, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kneeland (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kneeland (post 1700)



  • Walter E. Kneeland, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in La Paz, 1943
  • Thomas R. Kneeland, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 31st District, 1915-16 ; Candidate in primary for Justice of Minnesota State Supreme Court, 1916
  • Stillman Foster Kneeland (b. 1845), American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 7th District, 1893
  • Samuel S. Kneeland, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 2nd District, 1853
  • John Kneeland, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Owosso, Michigan, 1912
  • James Kneeland, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1888
  • E. G. Kneeland, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 44th District, 1921-24
  • Bill Kneeland, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1948
  • Adoniram Judson Kneeland (1821-1885), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cortland County, 1884
  • Samuel Kneeland (1696-1769), American printer and publisher of the Boston Gazette (1727 to 1741)
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    2. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
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    The Kneeland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kneeland Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 6 October 2015 at 14:42.

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