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The Anglo-Saxon name Kneller comes from the family having resided 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.

Kneller Early Origins



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

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Kneller Spelling Variations


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Kneller Spelling Variations



Kneller has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Knell, Kneller, Knill, Knille, Knelle and others.

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Kneller Early History


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Kneller Early History



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

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Kneller Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kneller 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 Kneller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Knellers to arrive on North American shores:

Kneller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elias Kneller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • William Kneller, who arrived in America in 1764

Kneller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Kneller, who landed in Washington, DC in 1809

Kneller Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Elias Kneller, who came to Halifax in 1751

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kneller (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kneller (post 1700)



  • William Kneller, renowned geologist
  • Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723), 1st Baronet, a leading portrait painter in England
  • Andreas Kneller, German composer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    11. ...

    The Kneller Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kneller 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 23 September 2013 at 15:39.

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