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Knight Family History

Knight Name Meaning

English: status or occupational name from Middle English knight ‘retainer attendant’ (Old English cniht ‘boy youth lad)’. The specialized feudal sense ‘a high-ranking tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier’ is not known to have ever given rise to the surname although it is not out of the question that it may occasionally have been used as a nickname perhaps for someone who played the part of an armed knight in a local pageant. Irish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the knight’. See also McKnight .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Knights, Bright, Light, Wright, Knecht, Mcknight, Knighton, Slight

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You can see how Knight families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Knight family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Knight families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 6,592 Knight families living in London. This was about 17% of all the recorded Knight's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Knight families in 1891.
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What did your Knight ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Knight. 6% of Knight men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Knight women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Knight were Gardener and Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Duties
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There are 163,000 military records available for the last name Knight. For the veterans among your Knight ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Knight lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Knight life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Knight in 1940 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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