The history of the Knele family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living 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 Knele family
The surname Knele was first found in Herefordshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Knele family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knele 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 Knele History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Knele Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Knele include Knell, Kneller, Knill, Knille, Knelle and others.
Early Notables of the Knele 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
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Migration of the Knele family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Knele 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..