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This journey thru time is an ongoing effort to further delve into the history of our Family Name. It seems we are descended from Scandinavian royalty. Which, it is assumed accounts for some of past adventures of our ancestors as possibly "Pompous Asses".

The name "Knott" has several spelling variations including; Cnot, Cnotte, Canute, Cnut, Knot, knout, Knotte, Knott and many more.

First Found in Berbyshire where traditionaly the name was descended from the Scandinavian King Canute, or Cnut.

King Canute I of England (also spelled Cnut, Knut or Knute; in Danish, Knud den Store; in Norwegian, Knut den Mektige) was also King Canute II of Denmark and King Canute of Norway. For the empire he built in Britain and Scandinavia, he is sometimes known as "Canute the Great."

As a young man Canute accompanied his father, King Sweyn (or Swein) Forkbeard of Denmark, when he invaded England in 1013. Though Swein was accepted as king of England before the year was out, in February of 1014 he died. Canute's brother Harald succeeded Swein as King of Denmark, and the English invited Ethelred (the "unready"), who had fled when Swein invaded, back to England to resume his role as king.

Canute went to Denmark to gather his forces, then in 1015 he returned and fought against Ethelred's army. He managed to take control of nearly all of England, with the exception of London. Upon Ethelred's death, the Witan (the English council) named Canute the new king of England, but London chose Ethelred's son Edmund Ironside. Canute engaged in several battles with Edmund until he achieved a striking victory at Ashingdon in October of 1016, after which Edmund agreed to divide the kingdom. However, Edmund died at the end of November, and Canute became king of all England.

Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: James Knott who was living in Virginia in 1617; three years before the "Mayflower". (Source: House of Arms)

Thus begins the Heritage of the Knott Family.

Hope you enjoy it.
The Knott Family
Updated March 12, 2008

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Richard Knott
112 Julie Lane
St. Peters, MO 63376
United States
rdknott@charter.net


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