Kness History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Kness comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. The name comes from the personal name Naos, which is a dialectal form of Aonghus or Angus. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Neis, which is derived from the earlier form Mac Naois; both of these mean son of Angus. Thus, the name Kness is a cognate of MacAngus and MacInnes.
Early Origins of the Kness family
The surname Kness was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Kness family
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Kness Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Kness has appeared as MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.
Early Notables of the Kness family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kness family to Ireland
Some of the Kness family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kness family
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kness or a variant listed above: Thomas McNeish, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868; Michael McNish settled in Philadelphia in 1866.
Contemporary Notables of the name Kness (post 1700) +
- Everett Kness, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996 
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The Kness Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Animo non astutia
Motto Translation: By courage, not by craft.