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The origins of the Knott name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Knott was originally derived from a family having lived at the knot, the summit of a rocky hill, from the residence near that place.

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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 Knott include Cnot, Cnotte, Canute, Cnut, Knot, Knout, Knotte, Knott and many more.

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."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knott research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1730, 1582, 1656, 1606 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Knott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Knott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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:

Knott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • James Knott who arrived at Virginia in 1617
  • James Knott was on record in Virginia in 1623
  • William Knott settled in Barbados in 1628
  • Wm Knott, who arrived in Barbados in 1628
  • Elianor Knott, who landed in Virginia in 1635


Knott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Peter Knott, who arrived in New Jersey in 1733

Knott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Knott, who landed in America in 1801-1802
  • Benjamin Knott, who arrived in New York in 1827
  • Robert Knott, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1867
  • Nicholas Knott, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871
  • Andrew Knott, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879

Knott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Isaac Knott, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Knott Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Knott was a fisherman of Harbour Le Cou, Newfoundland in 1860

Knott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Ann Knott, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Mary Ann Knott, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Knott a doctor, arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • Ellen Knott arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840
  • John Knott arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840


Knott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Mr Knott landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Joseph Knott arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883
  • Annie Knott arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883
  • Walter Knott arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883
  • Harry Knott arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883


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  • Walter Knott (1889-1981), American Republican politician, Berry farmer; founder of the Knotts Berry Farm amusement park; Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1960, 1964
  • Susan G. Knott, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1967
  • Robert M. Knott, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1937
  • Joyce C. Knott, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2000 (alternate), 2008
  • Nelly Knott, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Board of Education, 1911
  • James Proctor Knott (1830-1911), American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives, 1857-58; Missouri State Attorney General, 1858-61
  • James D. Knott, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • Fred W. Knott, American politician, Representative from Indiana 4th District, 1954
  • Edward Knott, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1896
  • David H. Knott, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 25th District, 1913

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  • Nutt Chronicles by Irene E. Amato.
  • The Knotts Family of Randolph County, Arkansas by Gladys Knotts Reynolds.
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  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Knott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knott Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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