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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

Where did the Scottish MacKnight family come from? What is the Scottish MacKnight family crest and coat of arms? When did the MacKnight family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the MacKnight family history?

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKnight research. Another 140 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacKnight History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early MacKnight Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the MacKnight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 272 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacKnight Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew MacKnight, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Daniel MacKnight, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • David MacKnight, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Jane MacKnight, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Mary MacKnight, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811


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  • Dodge Macknight (1860-1950), American post-Impressionist painter
  • Dame Ella Macknight DBE, MRCOG, FRCOG, FAMA, FAGO (1904-1997), Australian obstetrician and gynaecologist
  • Thomas Macknight (1829-1899), Anglo-Irish newspaper editor, biographer and publisher, from Gainford, County Durham, originator of the Two Nations Theory (1896)


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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.

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  2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
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  6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
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  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The MacKnight Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacKnight 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.

This page was last modified on 15 August 2015 at 08:18.

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