The ancestors of the Knightly surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in the village of Knightly.
Knightly is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Knightly family
The surname Knightly was first found in Staffordshire
where "the first recorded ancestor of this ancient family is Rainald, mesne lord of Knightley, under Earl Roger, in the time of William the Conqueror, as appears by Domesday Book." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"Fawsley Hall, co. Northampton
, the seat of the present Baronet
, was acquired by purchase, temp.
Henry V." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"This place, which lies in the western portion of the county, bordering upon Warwickshire
, has since the time of Henry V. been in the possession of the Knightley family. The extensive mansion of Fawsley Park, the residence of Sir Charles Knightley, Bart., is situated on a gently elevated lawn, commanding a rich expanse of wood and fertile pasturage, enlivened by three fine sheets of water. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Knightly family
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Knightly Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Knightly include Knightley, Knightly and others.
Early Notables of the Knightly family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Richard Knightley (1533-1615) Sheriff of Northamptonshire who was involved in the proceedings which led to the execution of Mary Queen
of Scots; Richard Knightley... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knightly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knightly family to Ireland
Some of the Knightly family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knightly family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Knightly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Walter Knightly who sailed to Barbados in 1683
Knightly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Knightly to America in 1759
Knightly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- G. Knightly, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888