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On the Scottish west coast, the Knisely family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their 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 Knisely is a cognate of MacAngus and MacInnes.

Knisely Early Origins



The surname Knisely 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.

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Knisely Spelling Variations


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Knisely Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Knisely has appeared as MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.

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Knisely Early History


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Knisely Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knisely research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1522 is included under the topic Early Knisely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Knisely Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knisely Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Knisely Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Knisely In Ireland


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Knisely In Ireland



Some of the Knisely family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Knisely were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Knisely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Knisely, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Knisely Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Erna Knisely, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1909
  • J.A. Knisely, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Alan Wray Knisely, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • Gracie Knisely, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name Knisely (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Knisely (post 1700)



  • Michael Shawn Knisely, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 28th District, 2010
  • Ira C. Knisely, American politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 30th District, 1934
  • Melvin Henry Knisely (1904-1975), American Nobel Prize nominated physiologist
  • Peter Cole Knisely (1887-1948), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Matthew E. Knisely (b. 1974), American television photojournalist
  • Mary Knisely (b. 1959), American retired female middle distance runner

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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    The Knisely Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knisely 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 6 October 2015 at 13:43.

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