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McKnight History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the McKnight family


The surname McKnight 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 McKnight family


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McKnight Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the McKnight family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McKnight family to Ireland


Some of the McKnight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McKnight family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKnight Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John McKnight, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

McKnight Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret McKnight, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Jane McKnight, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Thomas McKnight, who arrived in America in 1773 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

McKnight Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William McKnight, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Samuel McKnight, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1825 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Mary McKnight, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Elizabeth McKnight, aged 21, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • James McKnight, who landed in Alabama in 1858 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKnight Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George McKnight, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Candahar" in 1851 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANDAHAR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Candahar.htm

McKnight Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John McKnight, aged 19, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Constance" in 1862
  • John McKnight, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1870
  • John McKnight, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Johanna McKnight, aged 22, a housemaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name McKnight (post 1700)


  • William McKnight (1842-1914), United States Navy sailor, recipient of the Medal of Honor ror his actions in the American Civil War
  • William L. McKnight (1887-1978), American businessman in the 3M corporationand; a philanthropist who founded the McKnight Foundation in 1953
  • Tony Mark McKnight (b. 1977), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 2000 to 2001
  • Thomas McKnight (1787-1865), Virginia-born, American pioneer, businessman, and politician; he pioneered in Dubuque County, Wisconsin Territory
  • Rear Admiral Terence Edward "Terry" McKnight, former American naval officer in the United States Navy; he commanded a multi-national naval force assigned to confront piracy activities off the coast of Somalia
  • Timothy Eric "Tim" McKnight, American biologist, a key developer of a cell transfecting method using vertically aligned carbon nanofibers
  • Marian McKnight (b. 1936), American beauty pageant winner, Miss America 1957, Miss South Carolina 1956
  • Jeff McKnight (1963-2015), American Major League Baseball utility man who played for the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles
  • Jame Arthur "Jim" McKnight (1936-1994), American Major League Baseball player who played 63 games for the Chicago Cubs (1960-1962)
  • DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight (b. 1954), American guitarist, member of The Headhunters, a jazz-funk fusion band from 1975 through 1978
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name McKnight


  • McKnight Genealogy by Imogene Linville Millican.
  • The McKnight Family and their Descendants by Texarado McKnight Peak.

The McKnight 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.


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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANDAHAR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Candahar.htm

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