John Henry Knight

Found 10 Records, 10 Photos and 3,670,802 Family Trees

Born on 10 Apr 1888 to Henry S Knight and Anice Moye. John Henry married Cecil Annie Carroll and had 2 children. He passed away on 7 Mar 1975.

Family Members

Spouse(s)

 

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Potential photos and documents for John Henry Knight

View All 10 Images

Top record matches for John Henry Knight

Surname meaning for "Knight"

English: status name from Middle English knyghte ‘knight’, Old English cniht ‘boy’, ‘youth’, ‘serving lad’. This word was used as a personal name before the Norman Conquest, and the surname may in part reflect a survival of this. It is also possible that in a few cases it represents a survival of the Old English sense into Middle English, as an occupational name for a domestic servant. In most cases, however, it clearly comes from the more exalted sense that the word achieved in the Middle Ages. In the feudal system introduced by the Normans the word was applied at first to a tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier. Hence it came to denote a man of some substance, since maintaining horses and armor was an expensive business. As feudal obligations became increasingly converted to monetary payments, the term lost its precise significance and came to denote an honorable estate conferred by the king on men of noble birth who had served him well. Knights in this last sense normally belonged to ancient noble families with distinguished family names of their own, so that the surname is more likely to have been applied to a servant in a knightly house or to someone who had played the part of a knight in a pageant or won the title in some contest of skill.

More Resources


"I tried a 2-week free trial membership, and I'm so glad I did. I can't believe how much I discovered."

Mary D. - Ancestry member

  • Visit our other sites:

© 1997-2014 Ancestry.com | Corporate Information | New Privacy | New Terms and Conditions