Knotts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Knotts family

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."

Cnut or Canute the Great (994?-1035), and by Scandinavian writers the Mighty and the Old, was king of the English, Danes, and Norwegians, and was the younger son of Sweyn, king of Denmark. [1]

Early History of the Knotts family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knotts research. Another 116 words (8 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Knotts family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Knotts family to Ireland

Some of the Knotts family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Knotts migration to the United States +

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 [2]
Knotts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R Knotts, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Knotts (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Steven Knotts (1884-1950), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Lieutenant Howard Clayton Knotts (1895-1942), American World War I flying ace credited with six aerial victories
  • Thomas Elwood Knotts (1861-1921), the first mayor of the city of Gary, Indiana
  • Armanis F. Knotts (1860-1937), American politician and lawyer, member of the Indiana House of Representatives
  • Benny Richard Knotts (1951-1980), American ASA and NASCAR Winston Cup driver
  • Levantia Knotts, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945 [3]
  • Eugene A. Knotts, American politician, Mayor of Parkersburg, West Virginia, 1996-97 [3]
  • Eugene A. Knotts (b. 1929), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wood County, 1965-66; defeated, 1966 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • 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; [3]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Knotts +

  • 4610 The Knotts Family of Randolph County, Arkansas by Gladys Knotts Reynolds.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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