Paul J Knight

1908–12 January 1971 (Age 63)
West Virginia, United States

The Life of Paul J

Paul J Knight was born in 1908, in West Virginia, United States. He married Neva Opal Dawes on 8 September 1931, in Payne, Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Creek, Oklahoma, United States in 1935 and Justice Precinct 4, Wichita, Texas, United States in 1940. He died on 12 January 1971, in Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Broken Arrow, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States.

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Paul J Knight
Neva Opal Dawes
Marriage: 8 September 1931
Sonja Juanita Knight

Spouse and Children


    Neva Opal Dawes


8 September 1931
Payne, Oklahoma, United States


World Events (8)

1910 · State Capital Moves to Oklahoma City

Age 2

The state capital of Oklahoma moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City on June 10, 1910. 
1914 · Steamboat Service Established with New York

Age 6

Satilla was the first Deepwater Steamship to arrive at the port of Houston. This accomplishment successfully established a steamboat service between Houston and New York City.

Age 19

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

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)

  • Paul W Knighn, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Paul Knight in entry for Neva Opal Lewis Or Nana Lewis View, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
  • Paul Knight, "Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995"

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