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KNIGHT - Name Meaning & Origin


Last Name Meaning & Genealogy Links for the Surname KNIGHT

Meaning & Origin:

A status name from the Middle English knyghte, meaning "knight." While it may refer to one who was actually a knight, it was a name often taken by servants in a royal or knightly household, or even to one who won a title in a contest of skill.

The Knight surname may also derive from the Old English criht, meaning "boy" or "serving lad," as an occupational name for a domestic servant.

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname KNIGHT:

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KNIGHT Family Genealogy Forum
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FamilySearch - KNIGHT Genealogy
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KNIGHT Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Knight surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

Surname Finder - KNIGHT Genealogy & Family Resources
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DistantCousin.com - KNIGHT Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Knight.

MyCinnamonToast.com - KNIGHT Genealogy in All Regions
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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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