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
Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from early times.
Early History of the Kneler family
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Kneler Spelling Variations
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)
Baronet (1646-1723), born...
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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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