The origins of the Nappent name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Knapton, a place-name found in Yorkshire
and in Norfolk
. The place-name is derived from the Old English personal name
Cnapa, and tun,
an Old English word that means farm or enclosure. Later, tun
came to mean village and then town, and is in fact the root of the Modern English word town. The name Cnapa
means servant in the Old English. The place-name, therefore, means "farm belonging to Cnapa," or "the servants farmstead." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Nappent family
The surname Nappent was first found in Norfolk
where the place was first listed in the Domesday Book
as Kanapatone, part of the Greehoe hundred
, land held by William de Warene. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
At that time, it was one carucate of land and had 10 villans (peasants), 5 borders and 1 slave. As of 2001, the village and civil parish is home to 362 residents. Further north in Yorkshire
, Knapton also dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Cnapeton and Cnapetone, land held by Ralph de Mortimer. Today the village and civil parish has a population of about 222 residing in 96 households.
Early History of the Nappent family
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Nappent 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 Nappent were recorded, including Knapton, Napton, Knappen and others.
Early Notables of the Nappent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nappent family to Ireland
Some of the Nappent family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 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 Nappent 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 Nappent family emigrate to North America: Jane Knapton, who settled in Virginia in 1652; Joseph Knapton, who settled in Boston in 1716; and Robert Knapton, who settled in Virginia in 1754.