When Grace Knight was born on 3 June 1795, in Byberry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Jonathan Knight, was 39 and her mother, Elizabeth Thomas, was 31. She married Samuel Smedley on 12 November 1828. She died on 24 June 1833, at the age of 38, and was buried in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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 .
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