Knock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Knock surname comes from the Old English word "cnocc," which meant a round topped hill. The surname may have been taken on by someone who lived at such a place, or may have come from one of several places called Knock, in Scotland and Northern England.

Early Origins of the Knock family

The surname Knock was first found in Renfrewshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Knock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knock research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1230, 1597, 1505, 1572, 1559, 1633, 1641, 1720, 1640, 1720, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Knock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Knock Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Knox, Knock, Knocks and others.

Early Notables of the Knock family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John Knox (c.1505-1572), a Scottish religious reformer, a follower of John Calvin and the driving force behind the introduction and establishment of the Presbyterian church in Scotland; and...
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Ireland Migration of the Knock family to Ireland

Some of the Knock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Knock migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Knock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Georg Knock, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Peter Knock, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • Coenraad Knock, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787 [1]
  • Joha Elisabeth Knock, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787 [1]
Knock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Friedr Knock, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Richard Knock, who arrived in New York in 1834 [1]
  • Henry Knock, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]
  • Catharina Knock, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Andrew Knock, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Knock (post 1700) +

  • Franklin Knock, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1932 [2]


The Knock 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: Moveo et proficior
Motto Translation: I proceed and am more prosperous.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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