Origin of the Name Knight
The ancient history of the name Knight
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Knight
include Knightly, Knightson, Knevitt, Knyvett, Knights and Knightes. This is an occupational name meaning 'man at arms'. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Johannes Knyght who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England , in the year 1379. A John Knycht was Canon of Brechin, Scotland , in the year 1435. In Ireland this name usually has the prefix 'Mac' and is found throughout the four provinces. 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 substance, since maintaining horses and armour was an expensive business. The variant Knightson is simply an extended version of the name take from the son of the Knight. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac an Ridire and Mac Neachtain.
The Knight coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Knight descendants.