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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Knightan is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Knighton, which had three locations. The first West Knighton, a parish in the county of Dorset; the second, a chapelry in the parish of Lindridge in the county of Worcester; and thirdly, a chapelry in the parish of St. Margaret's, Leicestershire.

Early Origins of the Knightan family


The surname Knightan was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Early History of the Knightan family

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Early History of the Knightan family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knightan research.
Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1170 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Knightan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Knightan Spelling Variations

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Knightan Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Knightan has been spelled many different ways, including Knighton and others.

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Early Notables of the Knightan family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Knightan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Knightan family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Knightan family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Knightans to arrive in North America: John Knighton settled in Virginia in 1643; Joseph Knighton arrived in Philadelphia in 1813.

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