When Nancy “Nannie” Patience Knight was born on 13 May 1874, in Hockley, Province of Texas, Mexico, her father, James Patrick Knight, was 32 and her mother, Marguerite Frances Spears, was 23. She married Joseph Long Whittenberg on 13 February 1893, in Lampasas, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Llano, Llano, Texas, United States in 1920 and Justice Precinct 2, Matagorda, Texas, United States in 1930. She died on 7 November 1935, in Houston, Harris, Texas, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Houston, Harris, Texas, United States.
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 .