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The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland spawned the ancestors of the Knisly family. 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 Knisly is a cognate of MacAngus and MacInnes.

Knisly Early Origins



The surname Knisly 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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Knisly Early History


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Knisly Early History



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

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Knisly Spelling Variations


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Knisly Spelling Variations



The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations of the same name. Knisly has been recorded as MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.

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Knisly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knisly Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Knisly In Ireland


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Knisly In Ireland



Some of the Knisly 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



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Knisly, or a variant listed above: Thomas McNeish, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868; Michael McNish settled in Philadelphia in 1866.

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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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