When William Knowles was born about 1845, in Truro, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, his father, William Knowles, was 35 and his mother, Zenobia Weeks, was 34. He lived in Kenwyn, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom for about 10 years.
English: topographic name from Middle English knol(le) ‘knoll, hilltop’ (Old English cnoll) or from any of the many places (some lost) named with this word, for example Knowle (Devon, Dorset, Lancashire, Somerset, Warwickshire, and Yorkshire) and Knole (Kent, Sussex).
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Tnúthghail (see Newell ).
English: variant of Noel , often, with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.