England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Nolt family lived in the township of Knowlton, Kent, from whence their name is taken.
Early Origins of the Nolt family
Kent where they held a family seat from ancient times, and were granted the lands by King William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They were conjecturally descended from Thurstan, a Norman noble, who held the lands of Knowlton, originally spelt Chenoltone, from the Bishop of Bayeux.
Early History of the Nolt family
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Nolt Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Knowltone, Knowlten, Nowlton, Nolton, Knowelden and others.
Early Notables of the Nolt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nolt family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Nolt or a variant listed above were:
Nolt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Nolt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Nolt (post 1700)
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