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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Knisley is 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 Knisley is a cognate of MacAngus and MacInnes.

Knisley Early Origins



The surname Knisley 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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Knisley Spelling Variations


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Knisley 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 Knisley has appeared as MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.

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Knisley Early History


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Knisley Early History



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

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Knisley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knisley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Knisley In Ireland


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Knisley In Ireland



Some of the Knisley 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



Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Knisley were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Knisley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Raymond L. Knisley, aged 26, who arrived in Santa Anita, California, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Knisley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Knisley (post 1700)



  • Clarence H. Knisley, American Democrat politician, Ohio treasurer of state, 1937-39; defeated, 1938; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1948 (alternate), 1952
  • Ron Knisley, American Director of Sports and Competition for Special Olympics Illinois, eponym of the Ron Knisley Memorial Special Olympics Shootout
  • Dr. Knisley, American eponym of the Dr. Knisley Covered Bridge, Bedford County, Pennsylvania
  • Lucy Knisley (b. 1985), American comic artist and musician

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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. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    4. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. 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.
    9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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    The Knisley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knisley 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 26 August 2016 at 21:35.

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