The name Knots has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived at the knot,
the summit of a rocky hill, from the residence near that place.
Early Origins of the Knots family
The surname Knots was first found in Derbyshire
where traditionally the name was descended from the Scandinavian King Canute, or Cnut. Drayton sings "The Knot that called was Canutus, bird of old, of that great King of Danes, his name that still doth hold, his appetite to please that far and near was sought, for his, as some have said, from Denmark hither brought."
Early History of the Knots family
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Knots Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Knots have been found, including Cnot, Cnotte, Canute, Cnut, Knot, Knout, Knotte, Knott and many more.
Early Notables of the Knots family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Knots family to Ireland
Some of the Knots family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Knots family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Knots, or a variant listed above: James Knott who arrived at Virginia in 1617, three years before the "Mayflower"; another James Knott was on record in Virginia in 1623; Eleanor Knott settled in Virginia in 1637.