The ancestors of the Nightan surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in Knighton, which had three locations. The first West Knighton, a parish in the county of Dorset; the second, a chapelry in the parish of Lindridge in the county of Worcester; and thirdly, a chapelry in the parish of St. Margaret's, Leicestershire.
Early Origins of the Nightan family
The surname Nightan was first found in Worcestershire
at Knighton-upon-Teame, a chapelry in the parish of Lindridge. West Knighton, is a parish in Dorset
, four miles from Dorchester and Knighton is a chapelry in the parish of St. Margaret, Leicester.
The first record of the family was Henry Knighton (Cnitthon) ( fl. 1363) the English historical compiler and canon of St. Mary's Abbey, Leicester. His name, Henricus Cnitthon is found in three books of the time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lee, Sir Stanley, Dictionary of National Biography London: The MacMillan Company 1909. Print
Early History of the Nightan family
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Nightan Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Nightan include Knighton and others.
Early Notables of the Nightan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nightan family to Ireland
Some of the Nightan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 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 Nightan family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Knighton settled in Virginia in 1643; Joseph Knighton arrived in Philadelphia in 1813.