Knollys History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the Knollys name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Knollys was originally derived from a 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. 
Early Origins of the Knollys family
The surname Knollys 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 Knollys family
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Knollys Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Knollys include Knollys, Knoll, Knolle, Knolles, Knowles, Knowlys and others.
Early Notables of the Knollys 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 him infamy as a freebooter and a ravager, the ruined gables of burned buildings came to be known as "Knolly's mitres"
Sir Francis Knollys (1514-1596) was an English statesman, elder son of Robert Knollys (d. 1521.) He claims descent from Sir Thomas Knollys, Lord Mayor of London in 1399 and 1410...
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Migration of the Knollys family to Ireland
Some of the Knollys family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Knollys migration to the United States +
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Knollys Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Hansard Knollys, who settled in New Hampshire in 1630
Contemporary Notables of the name Knollys (post 1700) +
- General Sir William Thomas Knollys (1797-1883), Viscount Wallingford, English peer and army officer
- Francis Knollys (1837-1924), created 1st Viscount Knollys in 1911
Related Stories +
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.