MacKnett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the MacKnett family

The surname MacKnett was first found in Kirkcudbright, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the MacKnett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKnett research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacKnett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacKnett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacKnight, MacKnyght, MacNaught, MacNaight, MacKnaught, MacKnaight, MacNight and many more.

Early Notables of the MacKnett family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early MacKnett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the MacKnett family to Ireland

Some of the MacKnett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 68 words (5 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 MacKnett family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexander, Andrew, David, Douglas, George, Hugh, James, John, Robert, Samuel and William McKnight all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Robert McNaight settled in Charleston in 1763..


Contemporary Notables of the name MacKnett (post 1700) +

  • Theodore Macknett, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1872-73 [1]


The MacKnett Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil durum volenti
Motto Translation: Nothing is difficult for the willing.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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