The Knocks 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 Knocks family
The surname Knocks 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 Knocks family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knocks research.Another 194 words (14 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 Knocks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Knocks Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Knocks 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... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knocks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knocks family to Ireland
Some of the Knocks family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Knocks family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Knocks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Knocks, who landed in Virginia in 1655 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Knocks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John J Knocks, who landed in Island of Mana, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Minerva
The Knocks 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.