Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having 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 Nighten family
Worcestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Nighten family
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Nighten Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Nighten family name include Knighton and others.
Early Notables of the Nighten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nighten family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Nighten surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Knighton settled in Virginia in 1643; Joseph Knighton arrived in Philadelphia in 1813.
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