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Kneler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Kneler family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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 Kneler family

The surname Kneler was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Kneler family

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Kneler Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Kneler include Knell, Kneller, Knill, Knille, Knelle and others.

Early Notables of the Kneler family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Knell ( fl. 1570), an English divine, rector of Dorset in 1569; and his son Thomas Knell (fl. 1560-1581), an English clergyman; Paul Knell (1615-1664), an English divine from Clire Hall, Cambridge; the renowned 19th century marine painter, William...
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Migration of the Kneler family to Ireland

Some of the Kneler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kneler family to the New World and Oceana

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Kneler were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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..

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