The name Nolay belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived in the area that was referred to as the knoll.
This surname was originally derived from the Old English word cnolle
which means one who lived at the top of the hill or the summit. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Nolay family
The surname Nolay was first found in Yorkshire
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 Nolay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nolay research.Another 336 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1325, 1407, 1514, 1596, 1521, 1399, 1410, 1547, 1632, 1599, 1691, 1588, 1659, 1614, 1621, 1622, 1624, 1626, 1628, 1629, 1599, 1691, 1646, 1668, 1665, 1537, 1550, 1610, 1571 and are included under the topic Early Nolay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nolay Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Nolay include Knollys, Knoll, Knolle, Knolles, Knowles, Knowlys and others.
Early Notables of the Nolay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Robert Knolles (c.
1325-1407), an important English knight of the Hundred
Years' War, operating with the tacit support of the Crown, succeeded in taking the only two major French cities, other than Calais and Poitiers, to fall to Edward III, methods earned... Another 183 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nolay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nolay family to Ireland
Some of the Nolay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 141 words (10 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 Nolay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Nolay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Hansard Knollys, who came to New Hampshire
in 1630; Henry Knowles settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1635; John Knowles settled in Barbados in 1635; as did Thomas Knowles.