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Knotts is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Knotts family once lived at the knot, the summit of a rocky hill, from the residence near that place.

Knotts Early Origins



The surname Knotts 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."

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Knotts Spelling Variations


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Knotts Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Knotts family name include Cnot, Cnotte, Canute, Cnut, Knot, Knout, Knotte, Knott and many more.

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Knotts Early History


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Knotts Early History



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

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Knotts Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Knotts Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knotts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Knotts In Ireland


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Knotts In Ireland



Some of the Knotts 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Knotts surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Knotts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Knotts, who arrived in Virginia in 1642

Knotts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R Knotts, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Knotts (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Knotts (post 1700)



  • Thomas E. Knotts, American politician, Mayor of Gary, Indiana, 1909-13
  • Rufus Knotts, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Calhoun County, 1877
  • Ronald Knotts, American politician, Mayor of Grafton, West Virginia, 1964
  • R. J. Knotts, American Democrat politician, Chair of Calhoun County Democratic Party, 1917
  • Levantia Knotts, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945
  • Eugene A. Knotts, American politician, Mayor of Parkersburg, West Virginia, 1996-97
  • Eugene A. Knotts (b. 1929), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wood County, 1965-66; defeated, 1966
  • Edward C. Knotts (b. 1863), American Democrat politician, Macoupin County State's Attorney, 1892-96; Mayor of Girard, Illinois, 1893-95; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1912
  • Armanis F. Knotts (1856-1937), American Republican politician, Porter County Surveyor, 1887-88; Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1901; Mayor of Hammond, Indiana, 1902-04;
  • Absalon Knotts, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Calhoun County, 1872
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Knotts


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Suggested Readings for the name Knotts



  • The Knotts Family of Randolph County, Arkansas by Gladys Knotts Reynolds.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Knotts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knotts 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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