The ancestors of the bearers of the Nowlson family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found 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 Nowlson family
The surname Nowlson 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 Nowlson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nowlson 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 Nowlson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nowlson Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Nowlson include Knollys, Knoll, Knolle, Knolles, Knowles, Knowlys and others.
Early Notables of the Nowlson 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 Nowlson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nowlson family to Ireland
Some of the Nowlson 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 Nowlson family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Nowlson or a variant listed above: 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.