Note History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Note family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Note comes from when the family lived at the knot, the summit of a rocky hill, from the residence near that place.

Early Origins of the Note family

The surname Note was first found in Derbyshire where traditionally the name was descended from the Scandinavian King Canute, or Cnut. Drayton sings "The Knot that called was Canutus, bird of old, of that great King of Danes, his name that still doth hold, his appetite to please that far and near was sought, for his, as some have said, from Denmark hither brought."

Cnut or Canute the Great (994?-1035), and by Scandinavian writers the Mighty and the Old, was king of the English, Danes, and Norwegians, and was the younger son of Sweyn, king of Denmark. [1]

Early History of the Note family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Note research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1730, 1582, 1656, 1606 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Note History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Note Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Note has appeared include Cnot, Cnotte, Canute, Cnut, Knot, Knout, Knotte, Knott and many more.

Early Notables of the Note family (pre 1700)

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Note Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Note family to Ireland

Some of the Note family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Note migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Note arrived in North America very early:

Note Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E A Note, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Leopold Note, aged 71, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Note Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Nicola Note, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Salvatore Note, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Note (post 1700) +

  • Lawrence D. Van Note, American Democrat politician, Chair of Ocean County Democratic Party, 1919-20 [3]
  • Harry G. Van Note, American Democrat politician, Chair of Monmouth County Democratic Party, 1919-20 [3]

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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