George Yandell Knight

Islington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom

The Life of George Yandell

When George Yandell Knight was born in 1872, in Islington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom, his father, George Yendel Knight, was 37 and his mother, Ann Stennet Ley, was 36. He married Jane Rosamond Chamberlain in December 1895, in Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He lived in Willesden, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom in 1901 and Wandsworth, London, England, United Kingdom in 1911.

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Family Time Line

George Yandell Knight
Jane Rosamond Chamberlain
Marriage: December 1895
Dorothy Louise Knight
Eva Stennett Knight
Marjorie Rosamond Knight

Spouse and Children

December 1895
Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom


    Dorothy Louise Knight


    Eva Stennett Knight


    Marjorie Rosamond Knight


Parents and Siblings

    George Yendel Knight





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Name Meaning

1 English: status name from Middle English knyghte ‘knight’, Old English cniht ‘boy’, ‘youth’, ‘serving lad’. This word was used as a personal name before the Norman Conquest, and the surname may in part reflect a survival of this. It is also possible that in a few cases it represents a survival of the Old English sense into Middle English, as an occupational name for a domestic servant. In most cases, however, it clearly comes from the more exalted sense that the word achieved in the Middle Ages. 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 some substance, since maintaining horses and armor was an expensive business. As feudal obligations became increasingly converted to monetary payments, the term lost its precise significance and came to denote an honorable estate conferred by the king on men of noble birth who had served him well. Knights in this last sense normally belonged to ancient noble families with distinguished family names of their own, so that the surname is more likely to have been applied to a servant in a knightly house or to someone who had played the part of a knight in a pageant or won the title in some contest of skill.2 Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the rider or knight’. See also McKnight .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • George Knight in household of George Y Knight, "England and Wales Census, 1891"
  • George Knight in household of George Yandell Knight, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
  • George Knight in entry for George Freeman Wilcox and Dorothy Knight, "England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-2001"

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