Richard Knight

2 April 1809–
Bury, Sussex, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Richard

When Richard Knight was christened on 2 April 1809, in Bury, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Knight, was 36 and his mother, Ann Eede, was 33.

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Family Time Line

John Knight
1773–1855
Ann Eede
1775–1856
Anne Knight
1795–
Thomas Sargent Knight
1797–1844
Sarah Knight
1799–
Mary Knight
1802–
Edmund Knight
1804–1890
Keziah Knight
1806–
Richard Knight
1809–
John Knight
1812–
Frances Knight
1814–

Parents and Siblings

    John Knight

    Male1773–1855Male

    Ann Eede

    Female1775–1856Female

siblings

(9)

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World Events (3)

1815

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
1823

Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.
1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.

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 (1)

  • Richard Knight, "England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910"

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