name Nightant comes from when the family resided 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 Nightant family
The surname Nightant 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 Nightant family
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Nightant Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Nightant has been recorded under many different variations, including Knighton and others.
Early Notables of the Nightant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nightant family to Ireland
Some of the Nightant 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 Nightant family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Nightant or a variant listed above: John Knighton settled in Virginia in 1643; Joseph Knighton arrived in Philadelphia in 1813.