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Kneeland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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

Early Origins of the Kneeland family


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

Early History of the Kneeland family


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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.

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.

Early Notables of the Kneeland family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kneeland family to the New World and Oceana


In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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

Contemporary Notables of the name Kneeland (post 1700)


  • Samuel Kneeland (1696-1769), American printer and publisher of the Boston Gazette (1727 to 1741)
  • Samuel Kneeland (1821-1888), American naturalist
  • David Joseph Kneeland (1881-1904), American track and field athlete at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Abner Kneeland (1774-1844), American evangelist and theologian
  • Stillman Foster Kneeland (b. 1845), American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 7th District, 1893 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Samuel S. Kneeland, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 2nd District, 1853 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John Kneeland, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Owosso, Michigan, 1912 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James Kneeland, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1888 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • E. G. Kneeland, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 44th District, 1921-24 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Bill Kneeland, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1948 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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