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The ancient roots of the Knell family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Knell comes from when the 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.

Knell Early Origins



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

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Knell Spelling Variations


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Knell Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Knell has appeared include Knell, Kneller, Knill, Knille, Knelle and others.

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Knell Early History


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Knell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knell 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 Knell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Knell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knell Early Notables (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 Knell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Knell arrived in North America very early:

Knell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Knell, who came to Virginia in 1654

Knell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Knell, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1840
  • John Henry Knell, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Christopher Knell, who came to Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Adam Knell, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1848
  • Charles V Knell, who arrived in Mississippi in 1880
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Knell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Knell, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1849
  • Ann Knell, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1849
  • Henry Knell, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"

Knell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Emma Knell, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Knell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Knell (post 1700)



  • William R. Knell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1908
  • Derek P. Knell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • Charles E. Knell, American politician, Mayor of Massapequa Park, New York; elected 1937

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    11. ...

    The Knell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 17 December 2015 at 11:53.

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