The ancestors of the name Knel date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Knel family lived in Kneela, in Devon
, or at Knell House in Sussex
, or in Knill, in Herefordshire
. The place-names described above are all derived from the Old English word cnylle,
which meant knoll. The name means "dweller at the knoll." It seems likely that the name originated at Knill, in Herefordshire
, as this is the oldest place that bears that name. Knill appears in the Domesday Book
as Chenille. Knell House derives its name directly from the family name.
Early Origins of the Knel family
The surname Knel was first found in Herefordshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Knel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knel research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1220, 1296, 1273, 1327, 1571, 1600, 1656, 1st , 1646 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Knel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Knel Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Knel are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Knel include: Knell, Kneller, Knill, Knille, Knelle and others.
Early Notables of the Knel family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Knell a famous 16th century theologian, Paul Knell a 17th century clergyman; the renowned 19th century marine painter, William Adolphus Knell; and Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1st Baronet
(1646-1723), born... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knel family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Knel or a variant listed above: John Knill, who came to Virginia in 1654; William Knell, who came to Virginia in 1654; Elias Kneller, who came to Halifax in 1751; and Christopher Knell, who came to Pennsylvania in 1847..