Nolten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Nolten was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Nolten family lived in the township of Knowlton, Kent, from whence their name is taken.

Early Origins of the Nolten family

The surname Nolten was first found in 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 Nolten family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nolten research. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1782 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Nolten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nolten Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Nolten have been found, including Knowltone, Knowlten, Nowlton, Nolton, Knowelden and others.

Early Notables of the Nolten family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Knowlton (1692-1782), English gardener and botanist who was superintendent at an early age of Dr. Sherard at Eltham, Kent...
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United States Nolten migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Nolten were among those contributors:

Nolten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johanne Nolten, who landed in Texas in 1846 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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