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The ancestry of the name Knisell dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It 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.

Knisell Early Origins



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

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Knisell Spelling Variations


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Knisell Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Knisell have been found, including Knell, Kneller, Knill, Knille, Knelle and others.

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Knisell Early History


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Knisell Early History



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

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Knisell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Knisell, or a variant listed above:

Knisell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George L Knisell, who landed in Maryland in 1845

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    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. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Knisell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knisell 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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