Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Knollay is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the area that was referred to as the knoll.
This surname was originally derived from the Old English word cnolle
which means one who lived at the top of the hill or the summit. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Knollay family
The surname Knollay was first found in Yorkshire
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 Knollay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knollay research.Another 336 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1325, 1407, 1514, 1596, 1521, 1399, 1410, 1547, 1632, 1599, 1691, 1588, 1659, 1614, 1621, 1622, 1624, 1626, 1628, 1629, 1599, 1691, 1646, 1668, 1665, 1537, 1550, 1610, 1571 and are included under the topic Early Knollay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Knollay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Knollay has been spelled many different ways, including Knollys, Knoll, Knolle, Knolles, Knowles, Knowlys and others.
Early Notables of the Knollay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Robert Knolles (c.
1325-1407), an important English knight of the Hundred
Years' War, operating with the tacit support of the Crown, succeeded in taking the only two major French cities, other than Calais and Poitiers, to fall to Edward III, methods earned... Another 183 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knollay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knollay family to Ireland
Some of the Knollay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knollay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Knollays to arrive in North America: Hansard Knollys, who came to New Hampshire
in 1630; Henry Knowles settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1635; John Knowles settled in Barbados in 1635; as did Thomas Knowles.