The origins of the Knull name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Kneela, in Devon
, or at Knell House in Sussex
, or in Knill, in Herefordshire
. The place-names described above are all derived from the Old English word cnylle,
which meant knoll. The name means "dweller at the knoll." It seems likely that the name originated at Knill, in Herefordshire
, as this is the oldest place that bears that name. Knill appears in the Domesday Book
as Chenille. Knell House derives its name directly from the family name.
Early Origins of the Knull family
The surname Knull was first found in Herefordshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Knull family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knull research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1220, 1296, 1273, 1327, 1571, 1600, 1656, 1570, 1569, 1560, 1581, 1615, 1664, 1646 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Knull History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Knull Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Knull were recorded, including Knell, Kneller, Knill, Knille, Knelle and others.
Early Notables of the Knull family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Knell ( fl.
1570), an English divine, rector of Dorset
in 1569; and his son Thomas Knell (fl. 1560-1581), an English clergyman; Paul Knell (1615-1664), an English divine from Clire Hall, Cambridge; the renowned 19th century marine painter, William... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knull Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knull family to Ireland
Some of the Knull family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knull family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Knull family emigrate to North America: John Knill, who came to Virginia in 1654; William Knell, who came to Virginia in 1654; Elias Kneller, who came to Halifax in 1751; and Christopher Knell, who came to Pennsylvania in 1847..