The name Knowlden was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Knowlden family lived in the township of Knowlton, Kent
, from whence their name is taken.
Early Origins of the Knowlden family
The surname Knowlden was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, and were granted the lands by King William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They were conjecturally descended from Thurstan, a Norman noble, who held the lands of Knowlton, originally spelt Chenoltone, from the Bishop of Bayeux.
Early History of the Knowlden family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knowlden research.Another 33 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1782 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Knowlden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Knowlden Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Knowltone, Knowlten, Nowlton, Nolton, Knowelden and others.
Early Notables of the Knowlden family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Knowlton (1692-1782), English gardener and botanist who was superintendent at an early age of Dr. Sherard at Eltham, Kent... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knowlden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knowlden family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Knowlden or a variant listed above:
Knowlden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Joseph Knowlden, aged 30, originally from London, who arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Lucania" from Liverpool, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFXL-V4D : 6 December 2014), Joseph Knowlden, 14 Jan 1906; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Lucania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Horace Knowlden, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1918 aboard the ship "Walmer Castle" from Plymouth CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ8P-H2J : 6 December 2014), Horace Knowlden, 12 Jun 1918; citing departure port Plymouth, arrival port New York, ship name Walmer Castle, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Knowlden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Louisa Knowlden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
- Louisa Knowlden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Knowlden (post 1700)
- Marilyn Knowlden (b. 1926), American former child actress, known for her many roles with Tyrone Power, Bette Davis, James Cagney, Fredric March, Humphrey Bogart, Norma Shearer, Shirley Temple and Claudette Colbert